| "In 50 years we`ll be living on the moon."
During U.K. TV`s "Live from Space: Lap of the Planet" program Sunday, renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said we will have settlements on the moon within 50 years, adding that there will be people living on Mars by 2100.
At the show that followed astronauts on the International Space Station who are making a lap around Earth, the 72-year-old said the human race faces imminent extinction if it fails to colonize new planets.
"Our planet is an old world, threatened with an ever-expanding population and finite resources. We must anticipate these threats and have a plan B," Professor Hawking said. "If our species is to survive the next 100 years, let alone a thousand, it is imperative we voyage out into the blackness of space to colonize new worlds across the cosmos."
"If we follow this path, I have no doubt that this century will go down, in the history of humankind, as the true Space Age," he said.