Religious leaders scoff at such a story because it goes against Bible theory that this world will be destroyed by fire by God after the second coming when all the 'good people' are taken to 'heaven'.
Other's who hold no such view of our life force might take this experiment more seriously.
I'm tossing it out here with this link just in case anyone has some unfinished business they should take care of by then - or maybe you'd like to add your comment about our possible pending extinction.
The CNN LINK...
Take Care on the Journey,