Saturday, January 25, 2014

Evacuate Earth

"Since, in the long run, every planetary society will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring--not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive."  ~ Carl Sagan

Today on Far Future Horizons we examine a nightmarish scenario namely the imminent countdown to the destruction of our home planet and our immediate necessity to evacuate the Earth.  

If we faced a countdown to destruction, could we build a spaceark to take us to new and habitable worlds? Can we Evacuate Earth? 

In Evacuate Earth, we envision a scenario in which a neutron star - tiny and incredibly dense- is flying straight toward our solar system. When it arrives in 75 years, it will pull our planets out of their orbits and shred the planet we live on. Our only choice is band together, create a vast ship and a new drive to power it, and find a new planet in the closest possible solar system to escape to. After a journey of almost a century, the ship will deliver mankind's remnants to our new home, and the human story will begin again.

This National Geographic Channel two-hour special examines this terrifying but scientifically plausible scenario by exploring how we could unite to ensure the survival of the human species.

Destruction of Taj Mahal

Island 1 Space Ark

National Geographic - Evacuate Earth
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