Putting the first man on the moon may have seemed like a giant leap at the time, but it will soon seem like a tiny step if Stephen Hawking’s plans for space exploration come to pass.
During last night’s Live from Space programme, the renowned astrophysicist said we will have settlements on the moon ‘within 50 years’, and believes there will be people living on Mars by 21
Disappointing from a thinker like Hawking. Well, he’s old. And as Arthur C. Clarke once remarked:
- When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
I’d still call Hawking wrong. I predict human settlements on Luna within fifteen years. Maybe sooner.