All species on Earth will eventually become extinct due to the expanding Sun, according to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.
The SpaceX CEO gave the grim prediction in response to a discussion of mass extinction events, of which there have been five so far on the planet – the most famous being when a giant asteroid wiped out the planets. dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
This particular devastation led to the disappearance of 76% of the world’s species by the impact and its subsequent aftermath.
Now scientists have uncovered evidence that the sixth mass extinction event is underway, based on a study of Earth’s biodiversity loss, the Express reported.
Mr Musk tweeted: ‘There is a 100% chance of extinction of all species due to the expanding sun unless humanity makes life multiplanetary.’
While the Sun is expected to expand and engulf the Earth, incinerating everything in its path, this is unlikely to happen for a few billion years.
Mr Musk has previously said he wants to ensure humanity can leave the planet before “Earth becomes too hot for life in about 500 million years”.
The world’s richest man, with a net worth of over $270 billion, has made it his mission to make humanity a multi-planetary species, through a colony on Mars – he thinks SpaceX can do it send a crewed flight. in 2026.
The billionaire founder of SpaceX is building the Starship rocket that will take humanity to the red planet.
Through the Starship project, he hopes to colonize the hostile planet and build cities among its craters by 2050.
His project has already landed SpaceX a multi-million dollar contract with NASA.
Mr Musk’s aerospace company aims to launch uncrewed missions to Mars by 2024.
According to SpaceX’s user guide for Starships, achieving the company’s ambitions will require building up to 100 rockets per year.
Each will be able to accommodate 100 crew members and boast “private cabins, large common areas, centralized storage, solar storm shelters and a viewing gallery”.
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While global extinction due to the Sun’s explosion could occur millennia away, scientists are currently warning of large-scale species extinctions caused by human-induced climate change.
Robert Cowie, research professor at the UH Mānoa Pacific Biosciences Research Center of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), said: “The drastic increase in species extinction rates and the decline in abundance many animal and plant populations are well documented.
“The inclusion of invertebrates was key to confirming that we are indeed witnessing the start of the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history.”