There's a fundamental difference, if you look into the future, between a humanity that is a space-faring civilization, that's out there exploring the stars … compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event.

Elon Musk

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Source: "The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ..." TED2013. Feb. 2013. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by entrepreneur Elon Musk means that humanity could have two very different fates: one in which we leave Earth and explore/inhabit other parts of the universe, and another in which we are confined to Earth until a natural event or man-made actions make life here uninhabitable. Of course, the first scenario is more hopeful, since it allows for the continuation of the human race even after life is no longer possible on Earth. The quote is from Musk's 2013 TED Talk about his visionary projects, including innovative space exploration technology. Watch the full TED Talk here: Elon Musk - The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ...
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