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Stephen Hawking: 'We should start seeking other planets'

Professor Stephen Hawking has warned the human race must colonise a new planet or face dying out.

The Cambridge scientist was in London previewing a science and arts festival festival in Norway next month.

He believes overpopulation and climate change are threatening human survival and the search for other planets to live on should start now.

I strongly believe we should start seeking alternative planets for possible habitation.

We are running out of space on Earth and we need to break through the technological limitations preventing us living elsewhere in the universe.

– Professor Stephen Hawking

Schoolchildren invited to tour Stevenage space centre

The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space will open to school groups across the country. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £2.5 million space centre in Stevenage will open to school groups from across the country today.

The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space was officially opened by astronaut Major Tim Peake in January.

It features exhibits designed to encourage young people to take up careers in science and engineering.

25,000
students expected to visit the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space in the next five years
The space centre was opened by Major Tim Peake in January. Credit: PA

Cambridge engineer still in the race for space

Dr Jenni Sidey still in the hunt for space role

An engineer from Cambridge has made it through to the next stage of a competition to find two new astronauts for the Canadian Space Agency.

Last year 3,772 applications were received by the Canadian Space Agency after its announcement that it would add two new astronauts to its roster.

Dr Jenni Sidey has made the shortlist following a rigorous selection process which lasts almost a year and involves several interviews, written exams and a range of physical and mental fitness tests.

The University of Cambridge and the Institute of Engineering and Technology congratulated her.

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