Space the Final Frontier
To Be or Not to Be?
That is the question for Earth. Will we have conquered space in the next two hundred years?
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Are we going to colonize space or face extinction in the next two hundred years?
Famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking warned us that, unless we colonize space within two centuries, we will face extinction.
According to the guy, our long-term survival depends on moving away from Earth and finding other planets - or perhaps small moons - to colonize.
Mother Earth can give life, but she can also take it away. It is, after all, entirely up to her if we are to survive fate another century. The author of "A Brief History of Time" expressed grave concerns about our exponential growth and about our capability to change the environment.
Because we are to our core an aggressive species, our only chance of long-term survival would be not to remain here on Earth, but to spread into space, the final frontier. It is very difficult to avoid conflict for the next one hundred years, let alone the next thousand. We see signs of impending doom all around us: in literature, in movies, in prophecies (reference to the Mayan Prophecy), in real life (Pakistan's Taliban war).
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The apocalypse is no longer a matter of science-fiction, but rather of inevitability. It would happen, sooner or later. Countries will go to war once again -OR- the Earth will suffer a large scale natural calamity -OR- the natural resources would be depleted -OR- a "lost" asteroid will go where no other asteroid has gone before: on Earth. Or maybe they did, 65 million years ago, a disaster that supposedly lead to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. But we weren't around at that time, so we wouldn't know.
Even if there are voices announcing that immortality is only 20 years away thanks to advancements in nanotechnology, that won't help us much when faced with a planetary wide disaster or nuclear warfare. In the 80s it was the personal computer that changed the world. In the 90s it was the World Wide Web. Next are probably the robots and after that comes space exploration, our final frontier. It's inevitable...
Imagine waking up one unfortunate morning and all over the TV stations is the frightening image of an asteroid on direct collision course with Earth. Imagine all attempts to stop it (launching a nuclear payload for e.g.) failed. What then? GAME OVER! Of course, the apocalypse doesn't always consist of big bangs; the end of Mankind may come in stages, slowly, like the meltdown of the polar ice caps and the rising of the sea levels.
As long as we are limiting ourselves to inhabiting a single planet, sooner or later, disasters like the collision with an asteroid or nuclear warfare can wipe us out entirely from Earth's surface. However,once we've spread into space and founded independent, self-sustaining colonies, our future as a species should be secured. Even if the majority of Earthlings would be left behind on a dieing planet... Space, the final frontier, is our best hope for the future. As the Vulcans say, may we live long and prosper!
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