A space scientist recently warned that humans should start evacuating Earth because humanity is in danger of being wiped out the planet.

According to a report, former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik who is now Chairman of Parliament for Space Nation in Asgardia, a micronation that was formed by a group of people who have launched a satellite into Earth orbit in hopes of creating a mirror society of our planet in space, humans should seriously think about leaving Earth because a deadly asteroid is headed towards us and can cause catastrophic consequences.

In an interview, Opik admitted that the likelihood of an “extinction-level strike” might be very rare but still highly possible so it is actually “essential” that humans should start planning to evacuate Earth. “If we don’t travel, we die,” Opik said.

“The clock is ticking. In our lifetime, many people will be killed by an asteroid. We have to make this journey, we have to have colonies otherwise when this happens it’s all over.”

Per NASA, there are four possible asteroids that could be disastrous should it impact Earth. There’s the 2014 JO25 that could hit Earth in the year 2027, the 2014 AG5 which could hit us in 2040, the Asteroid Apophis that could reach us in 2068 and the very probable Asteroid Bennu that’s expected to reach us in 2182. Bennu is measured at 560 meters in diameter and is so far the most likely to reach Earth with a 1,000/1 probability.

Asgardia was founded back in 2016 by Russian scientist Igor Ashurbeyli and it has big space ambitions to start a human colony outside of Earth. It doesn’t aim to compete against private space companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, but it is open to supporting space endeavors that could expand our reach in the universe.

SpaceX recently unveiled its Mk1 Starship, which was created to bring humans to the moon and Mars. Musk plans to bring humans into orbit in the next six months. Elon Musk’s company made a major impact on the role of private companies in space exploration.

Opik recognizes SpaceX’s role in the development of the global space industry. “Mk1 was a landmark event but it's also the evolution for the changing dialogue that is going on,” he said.

Opik could be referring to how NASA tapped the services of SpaceX for its crucial asteroid deflection mission called Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). NASA aims to use the SpaceX Falcon 9 to carry out this mission sometime in the year 2021.

Two Very Different Asteroids
Image of two different asteroids captured by NASA. NASA/JPL/JHUAPL