(ORDO NEWS) — As you know, the Sun is gradually heating up, which, in the end, will make life on planet Earth unbearable. The famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson revealed some of the steps that the people of the future may have to take in order to survive.
Not long ago, NASA sent its new Perseverance rover to Mars to examine one of the craters for ancient life forms that may have once lived on the Martian surface. What’s more, the space agency is joining forces with Elon Musk to send humans to Mars before the end of the decade in hopes of colonizing it one day.
And American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says the research is critical to humanity’s long-term survival. Here’s what he said during his StarTalk talk:
“It’s time to leave the Earth, the Sun is getting hotter every day. We have some 4.5 billion years left until the moment when the Earth begins to collapse under the influence of the Sun. By this time, we must have all the technology to leave it.”
“The sun will increase in size, the surface temperature will get higher. But there is a way out – you take your luggage and go to Mars, the next planet that is further from the Sun. Of course, the Sun will start to heat up Mars as well, so you will want to move further again until the moment when the Sun eventually dies and can no longer be a source of energy for any of us.”
“By this time, we should be able to leap to nearby stars and move to another solar system. This will happen in five billion years, so for now we have nothing to worry about.”
“At least, if we don’t destroy ourselves. The last thing I read was that the average lifespan of one mammal species is several million years, and we have been around for several hundred thousand years. So we still have a long way to go.”
At the same time, Dr. Tyson admitted that, in his opinion, it is more likely that people will die out before nature plays a role.
“There is a high probability that the mind, as we know and understand it, is contraindicated for the survival of the species. You can become so smart that it is impossible to survive because you invent something that is superior to you, and that will also be the end of the world.
As soon as you have power over nature and the power of nature, you are immediately on the path to your own extinction. Already today, almost everything we do is contrary to nature, even agriculture.”
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