Two asteroids sped toward Earth but just missed humanity's home planet by what amounts to a cosmic hair's breadth early Wednesday morning, NASA said.NASA should stop dreaming of visiting other planets and moons and just focus on how to detect and deflect these drifting objects. We are not going anywhere in the future. There's no place to go. We are stuck on earth.
The asteroids, both measuring several meters in diameter but otherwise unrelated, passed between the Earth and the moon just before dawn, according to the space agency. "Neither of these objects has a chance of hitting Earth," NASA said.
While not of the giant, civilization threatening variety of the type depicted in Hollywood blockbusters like "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon", the asteroids, had they made it to the Earth's surface, could have caused at least minor damage, especially if they had struck an urban area.
'Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain on planet Earth but to spread into space.
‘We have made remarkable progress in the last 100 years but if we want to continue beyond the next 100 years our future is in space.’
Earlier this year, Hawking he said that a spaceship capable of travelling through time - but only forwards - would breach Albert Einstein's theories of relativity.
This means that humans might one day be able to use time travel to skip generations into the future.
Having taken six years to reach its full speed of 98 per cent of the speed of light (650million miles per hour), a day on board the ship would be equivalent to a year on Earth, he said, allowing those on board to reach the edge of the galaxy in just 80 years.
We are crazy to see our ability to adapt to a variety of environments on this planet as an ability to adapt to the alien environments in near and deep space. Space is not a new frontier. Let's get that pioneer nonsense out of our heads. Colonialism will never leave the surface of this planet.