Professor Stephen Hawking made headlines this week when he spoke at Oxford University about mankind’s urgent need to make strides in space travel.
He even went so far as to offer up a timeline:
I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet. Stephen Hawking
As the Daily Mail points out, Hawking has previously shared some of his rather ominous views on the subject.
“I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers,” he once said. “I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go to space.”
Nevertheless, Hawking added an optimistic twist to his presentation at Oxford, saying that “it’s been a glorious time to be alive” despite all the world’s current troubles and the threats to its future.
“Remember to look up to the stars and not down at your feet,” he told the audience. “Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”