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After a study from researchers at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute made waves these past few days, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, is now more convinced than ever that humans should colonize other planets. The controversial study put forward the theory according to which we really are along in the universe. Moreover, that, in fact, alien life has never existed, and we are the only intelligent beings in the universe.
Elon Musk is a strong believer in interplanetary colonization. According to him, in case a giant asteroid hits Earth, a huge solar storm messes up our electronics, or we accidentally destroy the planet we call home, it would be a good idea to have a backup plan. Most likely, it will be a new civilization on Mars. So, in order to accomplish that, SpaceX has enrolled thousands of employees to design and build the most advanced spaceship ever. It seems that the Big Falcon Rocket will be able to 100 people and 150 tons of cargo to the Red Planet, with the aim of relocating these people there.
Elon Musk, now more than ever, thinks that we should relocate to another planet
It is unknown whether we are the only civilization currently alive in the observable universe, but any chance that we are is added impetus for extending life beyond Earth
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 25, 2018
On Monday, Elon Musk took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter. In referring to the new study, he said that the fact that we might be alone in the universe should make us think about relocating even more. As for the study itself, it deals with the famous Fermi Paradox. It is based on a famous idea supposedly first voiced by physicist Enrico Fermi.
The paradox asks why we are yet to hear from alien civilization when there are hundreds of billions of stars out there? Then there is the Drake equation, which is a mathematical formula that proposes seven variables that would affect chances of life. Then, it multiplies them, and the result is the approximate number of alien races that might be sending signals into space inside the Milky Way.
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