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There is no reason the challenges of such a trip can not be overcome. We've done this repeatedly through history.
why dont we just send hundreds of probes loaded with frozen sperm and eggs to the outer reaches of the universe with instructions on fertilization...maybe, just maybe.
It's kind of not the same thing. We've never sent people off somewhere for any length of time where there is no possibility of obtaining your own food, water, air, or even the protection of a magnetic field.
And the reasons for doing it are different. For the most part, in the past, people went on voyages of discovery because they were looking for fame and fortune. Gold, spices, trade routes, etc. The sad, suicidal people signing up for an early Mars mission will get the fame, but never the fortune.
You can stay in your cave as long as you want to, but it's rather mean-spirited not to wish these folks a bon voyage.
They will die there and their relatives will launch a class action against NASA for letting them take a ticket on a suicide mission and spend years in litigation. Eventually they will settle out of court.
Well, the outcome will be a horrible, cold, lonely death by asphyxiation.
They really need a crew of 10 or so to improve the chances of success. Perhaps they will increase the number of those going if there's a large number of applicants, but 4 is far too few imo.
you need to find people who are BOTH smart enough to be a doctor/MD/engineer/biologist AND also at the same time, be mentally tough enough to comfortably live like a less-intelligent prisoner constantly in solitary confinement with no stimulation outside of the confined area.
As long as they have a supply of water they can create oxygen. You dont have to keep shiping oxygen out.
But, like I said, people will probably still do it. Human beings are not known for being reasonable or very efficient. But I still have a perfectly valid personal opinion.