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Britain's Professor Stephen Hawking delivers a keynote speech as he receives the Honorary Freedom of the City of London during a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London, Monday, March 6, 2017. Hawking was presented the City of London Corporation's highest award Monday in recognition of his outstanding contribution to theoretical physics and cosmology. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Stephen Hawking warned that humanity has only 100 years to leave Earth


Talk about deadlines. 

Physicist Steven Hawking is warning the human species at large that we need to become a multi-planetary species at some point in the next century if we are to have any hope of survival, reports Newsweek

Hawking makes this prediction in a new documentary called "Expedition New Earth," which will be released in the summer on the BBC. 

Thankfully, efforts to create colonies off planet are already underway. 

Billionaire Elon Musk is already hoping his aerospace firm SpaceX will establish a colony on Mars at some point within the next few decades. 

Which is a good thing given that Hawking predicted last year that the chances of species-ending event on Earth is a "near certainty." 

“Although the chance of disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next 1,000 or 10,000 years,” Hawking said at the Oxford University Union in 2016.

“By that time, we should have spread out into space and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race.”

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