It was a busy week for astrophysicist Michel Mayor.
On Tuesday he won a Nobel Prize for his work on the discovery of exoplanets. Then, on Wednesday, he destroyed the dreams of someone who one day wanted to populate these planets.
"When we talk about exoplanets," the mayor told Agence France-Presse when asked about colonization outside the world, "things should be clear: we will not migrate there."
The problem is sheer distance, according to Mayor.
"Even in the very optimistic case of a liveable planet that is not too far away, say a few dozen light-years … the time to get there is considerable," he told AFP. The mayor told AFP he wanted to "kill all statements that say 'OK, we're going to a'. A livable planet, if one day life on earth is not possible ", an idea which he later described as" completely crazy "[1
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