posted on May, 5 2005 @ 03:34 PM
I've always been fascinated with the thought of long term space missions. I've also wondered what a mission of 2 or more years would do to the
psycology of the astronauts. That much time away from earth has to have an impact on a person. On a very long mission, 5-10 years, at some point your
thought processes must change. I'm sure that man is going to continue pressing forward with the exploration of space and eventualy move beyond just
travel, doing things like colonization on the moon, Mars, etc. and maybe even farther.
Suppose a self sufficient colony was constructed on Mars and humans inhabit it and begin living normal lives and having children. After a generation
or two the children are not going to have any real connection to earth any more, assuming they don't visit or move back to Earth. Will the children
begin to make evolutionary changes? After many generations will the inhabitants cease to be humans and become "humanoid" Martians? If we all knew
that by moving to a colony on another planet, our decendants might cease to be human and become something else, who would volunteer? It's not the
same as moving from Mexico to the U.S., where after a couple generations, your grandchildren might not speak spanish. It's more than that.
I'm sure somebody, somewhere, in the scientific field has done research and probably put alot of thought into this. But I don't hear alot about it.
All of what I'm saying here is still a long, long, long way off but I think it's something we should think about. It has profound implications for
us as a species. Maybe this has been discussed here before, but with each passing year our technological know-how grows and we get a little closer to
the really big exciting things in space travel.
Maybe I'm being flakey. Anyway, anyone else think about this stuff?