Hawking: We'll Have to Escape 'Fragile Planet' in 1K Years
He urges more space exploration
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 11, 2013 5:57 PM CDT
British cosmologist Stephen Hawking gives a talk to workers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on April 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Cedars-Sinai, Eric Reed)

(Newser) – Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who has spent his career decoding the universe, is urging the continuation of space exploration—for humanity's sake. “We won’t survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet," said the 71-year-old Hawking. He made the remarks Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he toured a stem cell laboratory that's focused on trying to slow the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease, with which he was diagnosed 50 years ago.

“Your universe is a great triumph,” he told his audience. “I want to share my enthusiasm and excitement about this great quest. So remember to look up at the stars and not at your feet. ... Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” The LA Times has more details from the speech.

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Apr 15, 2013 5:59 AM CDT
Our history shows that everytime we go to a new country to start a new and better life, we bring our old ideas and change that which we sought. There goes the neighborhood. Paradise lost
Apr 15, 2013 5:55 AM CDT
easy for him to predict......we want be here for verification. I feel confident that mother nature will correct the problem of her human children way before the 1k period......writing a new book "proper decorations for a survival cave "
Apr 14, 2013 8:41 PM CDT
I would like to go to another planet... before all of them are infested by Republican'ts !