Professor Stephen Hawking is old enough to remember the first space age, which came about in the mid-20th century as NASA scientists raced agencies around the world to land the first astronaut on the Moon. This exciting time saw the dawn of countless technologies and techniques still used today. As private companies like SpaceX enter the ring with government aerospace programs and and public consensus collectively warms to the Red Planet, we seem to be entering a new space age.
Recently, at Starmus Festival 2017, WIRED explored the concept of a new space age with key figures, the most notable of which being Professor Stephen Hawking, who is a key member of the advisory board for the festival.
Hawking has his sights set on colonizing other worlds. Image Credit: Flickr