posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 10:37 AM
This is a common theme in science fiction novels, but the process hasn't been developed in reality yet, that I know of. In theory, if suspended
animation could be perfected, and there was some sort of mechanism to wake up a sleeping person, then I don't see why not. To wake the people up at
the end of the journey, there are two ways that I see.
2) Rotation of Awake Person. The journey starts with X sleeping people and one awake person. After 6 months (or whatever time interval) the awake
person wakes up person #2, and person #2 puts person #1 to sleep. 6 months later, person #2 wakes up #3 and so on. In case of accident, you would
probably want more than one person awake at once, and for really long journeys, you would need tons of people to cycle through, because even if
someone is awake for only a fraction of the journey, if you are going to another galaxy, say, that fraction would still be longer than a human life.
More people would mean the 'awake time' of each individual would be lessened.