Stephen Hawking gives the world 1,000 more years to support humans
Posted: 8:53 AM, Nov 17, 2016
<p>One of the world&#39;s most famous scientists, Stephen Hawking, says our planet has an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/732606/Stephen-Hawking-end-of-the-world" target="_blank">expiration date</a>. Don&#39;t freak out too much, though. It&#39;s probably not going to affect you.</p><p>Hawking said in a lecture at Oxford University he doubts humanity will last for another 1,000 years — unless we can move on and inhabit Mars or another planet.</p><p><b>SEE MORE: <a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/scientists-hope-to-test-asteroid-deflection-strategy-in-2020/">Scientists Really Want To Smash A Spacecraft Into An Asteroid</a></b></p><p>The famed physicist said&nbsp;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/11/17/stephen-hawking-just-gave-humanity-a-due-date-for-finding-another-planet/" target="_blank">dwindling resources</a>&nbsp;on our big blue planet mean we humans will eventually have to find another home.</p><p>Hawking added that threats like nuclear war, climate change or artificial intelligence run amok a la &quot;Terminator&quot; could make humanity&#39;s time on Earth even shorter.</p><p>Fortunately, NASA&#39;s been scanning the stars for a suitable replacement planet, and it&#39;s found a few thousand&nbsp;<a href="https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/the-search-for-life/habitable-zones/" target="_blank">potential candidates</a>&nbsp;beyond our solar system.</p><p><b>SEE MORE: <a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/what-kind-of-society-would-a-mars-colony-be/">If You Want To Live On Mars, Be Prepared To Build Your Own Society</a></b></p><p>But until we have the technology to get people out that far, we&#39;ll have to settle for our nearest not-quite-habitable neighbor, Mars. SpaceX founder&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/elon-musk-has-a-rocket-that-could-get-us-to-mars/" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a>&nbsp;hopes humans&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/elon-musk-presents-transportation-plans-for-colonizing-mars/" target="_blank">will arrive</a>&nbsp;on the red planet&nbsp;<a href="http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/27/technology/spacex-elon-musk-mars-colonization/" target="_blank">by 2025</a>.</p><hr><b>Trending stories at <a href="http://www.newsy.com">Newsy.com</a></b><ul class="inline-related-links"><li><a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/these-origami-elephants-hope-to-save-real-ones/">Origami Might Actually Help Save Elephants</a></li><li><a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/surgeon-general-urges-public-to-see-addiction-as-a-disease/">Surgeon General Urges Public To See Addiction As A Disease</a></li><li><a href="http://www.newsy.com/videos/why-animals-die-in-masses/">When Animals Die In Masses, It&#039;s Freaky — But Not Unnatural</a></li></ul>
Is the world going to end?
Famed professor Stephen Hawking thinks so. But don't worry. For those who believe Hawking, the theoretical physicist said he thinks humanity has 1,000 years to go.
Hawking was speaking at Britain's Oxford University Union when making the comments, according to Express
“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” Hawking said.
Hawking said humanity's best chance is finding a new planet to inhabit. NASA has been searching the galaxy
for places that humans could live since 2009.
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