Elon Musk says humans must leave Earth “because sun will engulf our planet”

Elon Musk has said that humans have to become a "multi-planet species". (Getty)
Elon Musk has said that humans have to become a “multi-planet species”. (Getty)

When Elon Musk launched a Tesla into space, it carried a sign saying “Don’t panic” on the dashboard – but the billionaire was in a more doom-laden form this week.

The SpaceX and Tesla pioneer warned, in an interview with The New York Times podcast Sway, that travel to other planets was necessary as Earth would be engulfed by the Sun.

Speaking to host Kara Swisher, Musk said: “I think this is fundamentally important for ensuring the long-term survival of life as we know it, to be a multi-planet species.

“Eventually the Sun is going to expand and engulf Earth. It will expand and incinerate Earth. It is for sure going to happen – but not any time soon.”

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This is something of an understatement,

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Planet collision simulations give clues to atmospheric loss from Moon’s origin — ScienceDaily

Earth could have lost anywhere between ten and 60 per cent of its atmosphere in the collision that is thought to have formed the Moon.

New research led by Durham University, UK, shows how the extent of atmospheric loss depends upon the type of giant impact with the Earth.

Researchers ran more than 300 supercomputer simulations to study the consequences that different huge collisions have on rocky planets with thin atmospheres.

Their findings have led to the development of a new way to predict the atmospheric loss from any collision across a wide range of rocky planet impacts that could be used by scientists who are investigating the Moon’s origins or other giant impacts.

They also found that slow giant impacts between young planets and massive objects could add significant atmosphere to a planet if the impactor also has a lot of atmosphere.

The findings are published in the Astrophysical

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Are China’s pollution remediation efforts making the planet warmer? China’s efforts to combat aerosol pollution resulted in warming throughout the northern latitudes — ScienceDaily

A 10-year effort by China to improve air quality and reduce pollution-related health risks has caused warming in areas across the northern hemisphere, according to new work published in Environmental Research Letters.

Aerosols are tiny particles that are spewed into the atmosphere by human activities, such as burning coal and wood, or by geological phenomena, like volcanos. Their negative effects on air quality can damage human health and agricultural productivity.

Similar to how the aerosols emitted in a volcanic eruption can cause global temperatures to drop, some aerosols from human activity also have a cooling effect on the climate. Unlike greenhouse gases, which induce global warming by trapping heat in the atmosphere, aerosol particles can cause sunlight to be reflected away from the planet either directly or by interacting with clouds.

“This means that some of the effects of global warming are being masked by aerosol pollution,” explained lead

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Russia’s top space official tried to claim that the planet Venus belongs to the Kremlin



An image of Venus and its thick clouds taken by NASA's Mariner 10 mission during a planetary flyby maneuver on February 7 and 8, 1974. Kevin M. Gill/NASA/JPL-Caletech


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An image of Venus and its thick clouds taken by NASA’s Mariner 10 mission during a planetary flyby maneuver on February 7 and 8, 1974. Kevin M. Gill/NASA/JPL-Caletech

  • The director-general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos claimed this week that Venus is a “Russian planet.”
  • “Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Tuesday. 
  • Rogozin also revealed the country’s plans to send its own mission to Venus, on top of an already-proposed joint venture with the United States called “Venera-D.” 
  • The top space officials comments come on the back of new research published this week, which found that Venus’ clouds could be harboring microbial life. 
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The head of the Russian space agency has staked the country’s claim on Venus, saying this week that

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‘Venus is a Russian planet’, says country’s top space official

  • The director-general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos claimed this week that Venus is a “Russian planet.”
  • “Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Tuesday. 
  • Rogozin also revealed the country’s plans to send its own mission to Venus, on top of an already-proposed joint venture with the United States called “Venera-D.” 
  • The top space officials comments come on the back of new research published this week, which found that Venus’ clouds could be harboring microbial life. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The head of the Russian space agency has staked the country’s claim on Venus, saying this week that it is a “Russian planet.”

Dmitry Rogozin, who is the director general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos, revealed that the country plans to send its own mission to Venus.

This would be

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