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Martin Rees: We will become a new species by expanding beyond Earth

Heading into deep space will lead to a new species of human evolving, says the UK Astronomer Royal – and could pave the way to immortals who can conquer the galaxy



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18 December 2019

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THIS year marked the 50th anniversary of the most iconic moment of the space race: Neil Armstrong’s “small step” onto the moon on 21 July 1969.

Many of us who viewed those grainy TV images live expected it to be just a beginning, and that there would have been footprints on Mars long before now. But the heroics of the Apollo missions are ancient history to young people today. After the US had beaten the Soviet Union to the moon, there was no call to sustain the huge outlay on the space race, which at its peak consumed …