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The article, drawn from Musk’s presentation at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, is published in the journal New Space.

In the paper, Musk explores the planetary options for expanding to a space-bearing civilization and describes the advantages Mars offers.

“I think there are really two fundamental paths. History is going to bifurcate along two directions. One path is we stay on Earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction event. I do not have an immediate doomsday prophecy, but eventually, history suggests, there will be some doomsday event,” he writes in the article.

“The alternative is to become a space-bearing civilization and a multi-planetary species, which I hope you would agree is the right way to go.”

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