Why the human race must become a multiplanetary species

This illustration shows a newly discovered exoplanet called GJ 367b, that is located roughly 31 light years from Earth and orbits its star in only about 8 hours, with a density greater than our planet's and an internal structure similar to that of Mercury. SPP 1992/Patricia Klein/Handout via REUTERS    THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT

How could becoming a multiplanetary species inspire and expedite advances in human development? Image: via REUTERS

Timothy Reuter
Head of Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum LLC
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