An Oped Editorial
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Along the lines of ...
"Right now all of our eggs are in one basket. And the basket is called Earth. And there is no Planet B." ''Our home plate is not a tenable long-term location for humanity's HQ. The first step to moving beyond this place is to learn how to colonize extraplanetary bodies, specifically Mars. If in the next 500 years -- 30 generations or so -- we've developed a species-wide strategy for living off-planet, we'll greatly improve the chances of maintaining humanity beyond the limits of Earth's capacity to keep us happy.'' ''There have to be limits to how far we can go, right? At some point the universe is bound to either keep expanding or collapse in on itself. No matter how spacefaring we are, humanity will be in deep trouble at that point. That's why the extra-long-term goal is to figure out whether there's some sort of preventative option for humanity to prolong the universe, assuming we manage to keep ourselves alive long enough to use it.''