Stephen Hawking Says We Have 100 Years To Escape Earth: Mars Colonization Project In The Works?

Stephen Hawking has predicted that humanity has to leave Earth and occupy another planet within the next 100 years in order to survive.

It's a hard pill to swallow, but those who have been keeping up with what's happening around the world should already know the possible culprits: nuclear war, climate change, biological epidemics, overdue asteroid strikes, and more. As Hawking himself said in his upcoming BBC show Expedition New Earth, planet Earth is growing "increasingly precarious," as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

"Professor Stephen Hawking thinks the human species will have to populate a new planet within 100 years if it is to survive.With climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly precarious."

It was only a few months ago when Stephen Hawking predicted that humanity has to escape Earth within the next 1,000 years in order to survive. This piece of news was pretty grim, but it's far less troubling -- equivalent to being given a couple of weeks notice before a school project deadline. But 100 years? That's one human lifetime. And if we don't heed Hawking's warning, our kids and future grandchildren won't have much to look forward to in this mortal coil.

"We must... continue to go into space for the future of humanity," the 74-year-old Cambridge professor told the audience at the Oxford University Union.

"I don't think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet," he continued.

That project is called the Mars One mission.

Of course, there's much work to be done even if the Mars One mission becomes successful. But this first step is crucial for humanity to survive in the next 1,000 years, at least if going by Stephen Hawking's predictions.

Do you think Stephen Hawking was on point when he said that humans have to escape Earth within the next hundred years in order to survive? Is the Mars One mission a step in the right direction as far as the survival of humanity is concerned?

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