25 June 2020
Mankind has no choice but to colonise Mars if human beings are to have a future, physicist and science populariser Brian Cox has said. Currently a professor at Manchester University in the UK, Cox has found global fame as a presenter of documentaries, taking millions of viewers on virtual journeys through the galaxy.
Professor Brian Cox has said humans will one day live on Mars and be the Martians of the future.
The pop star-turned-physicist said Mars is the only planet that humans will be able to go to and that it must happen as people cannot remain on Earth forever.
“It is actually the only place we can go beyond Earth,” he said.
“In any plausible scenario, there is nowhere else that humans can go to begin their step outwards from the planet, other than Mars. If you think of the other planets, there’s none of the others we can land on.”
“We are almost at a decision point in our civilisation that for the first time we have the technology and the will to turn ourselves into a multi-planet civilisation,” he told the Irish News in 2017. “That’s if we don’t have a big political setback or we don’t destroy ourselves in a nuclear war.”
One of the most persistent enthusiasts of Mars travels, multi-billionaire founder of SpaceX and Tesla Elon Musk, has revealed that the colonisation of the Red Planet could secure a getaway for the human race in the event of a looming apocalyptic scenario.
Speaking at a Q and A session in March 2018, Musk pointed to “some probability” of a new Dark Age, “particularly if there is a third world war”. His SpaceX project aims at keeping “enough of a seed of human civilisation somewhere else to bring civilisation back”.
“I think a moon base and a Mars base that could perhaps help regenerate life back here on Earth would be really important,” Musk said.
He is in good company. “The Earth is becoming too small for us,” wrote the late Stephen Hawking. “In the long run the human race shouldn’t have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet.” If we’re to survive, Hawking said, “I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth”.
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