"I believe that we will eventually establish self-sustaining colonies on Mars and other bodies in the Solar System although probably not within the next 100 years," he told Radio 4 listeners in the UK. "I am optimistic that progress in science and technology will eventually enable humans to spread beyond the Solar System and out into the far reaches of the Universe."
Festivities this weekend honoring Hawking include a meeting of some of the world's top scientists at Cambridge University for a conference called "The State of the Universe". According to the Guardian, the topics discussed will include black holes, cosmology, and fundamental physics. A public symposium will be held Sunday in which Hawking will give a rare public lecture entitled "A Brief History of Mine."
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