posted on Apr, 18 2008 @ 08:50 PM
I think an idea along these lines would be interesting on a number of ideas. If a large enough craft or complex was built, something that could
sustain a few hundred humans for a few hundred years travel, I think it might have merit. Think about a colony that would test humanity in space.
If a craft were to leave with say 50 people, bound for Alpha Centauri, and indeed take 70 years to travel that far, I think it would be reasonable to
allow them to reproduce and raise their offspring for the sole purpose of the adventure. They could get to Alpha Centauri, take a look around for a
few decades, and head back towards earth. It would be a great experiment in human development and evolution in such conditions.
However the dangers of such an enterprise would be great. Im not talking about space aliens or anything. Im speaking of dangers to spaceflight now.
What about an errant piece of space debris, or radiation, or dark matter? How would such astronauts deal with crisis? How would they deal with
faltering equipment with limited spare parts? What would they do in the event of internal conflict or stress?
The possibilities are infinite. It probably wont ever happen, but the concept is interesting.