On Monday, renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking appeared in one of the British TV shows and made a number of very interesting predictions about the future of humanity. Among others, he talked about the possibility that we might live on the moon and colonize other planets already in this century.

The 72-year-old scientist appeared in the show «Live from Space» on Channel 4 which had a live connection with the astronauts of the International Space Station.

Hawking often makes predictions about advances in technology and science and their impact on human life in the near and distant future. This time, Hawking argued that the 21st century will be a milestone in space exploration.

In 50 years, we might have created bases and homes on the Moon. The same could happen on Mars by the end of the century,” says Hawking.

The physicist believes that if we fail to colonize other planets, humanity will be in danger of extinction.

“Our planet is an old world that is threatened by the continued human population growth and the exploitation of the Earth’s resources. We must take account of these factors and make up a plan B.

If we want to survive the next hundred years, even if not talking about the next thousand years, we need to colonize other worlds away from Earth. If we follow this path, I am sure that the next century will be characterized as true space age,” said Hawking.

Will we indeed live on the moon in a few decades? It’s hard to say. We have too many problems to solve here on Earth. But this is exactly what Hawking warns us about – at some point, all these problems may become so severe that we will have no other choice but to leave our home planet.

Now the question is, will we have all the necessary technology and science at our disposal to implement this plan B, as Hawking refers to it?

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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