reply to post by The_Modulus
Undoubtedly, this is something i have taken into consideration when rabidly oppressing the ideal of population control.
If you want the specifics, 200 years will probably be too short of a time, it would probably take well over 500.
As such, we are no longer talking about colonising alien solar systems, but now we are talking about colonising space itself
From a genetic perspective, one would need a cross-section of society, black, white, asian, etc - having enough variation in this regard should
ensure that the genetic code flourishes as opposed to becoming stagnant with 'hill-billy style retardation'.
Importantly, the craft we put out there needs to have all the capabilities that we currently possess right here on earth - it'll need a hydroponic
system to generate nutrients and water, a mining module with which to take in new materials for the creation of new technologies, and most of all -
The ability to analyse and research anomalies will be important too - it's quite likely that our space-faring cousins will find things out there in
the depths of space which have never previously been found on earth, or at the least has been found in crashed meteorites.
Nevertheless, the ship will have to be big
- far more massive than anything
we have previously put in space.
It might even be worthwhile sending the materials into space and assembling them in orbit.
The important thing is this; sooner or later, it has to be done.