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# 1 Kepler 22b
03-28-2012, 03:57 AM
Imagine if you will, that scientists were able to say definitively that Kepler 22b was habitable, and a generational spaceship was built to go there. Would you be willing to board?
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# 2
03-28-2012, 04:20 AM
no. ill wait for warp drive, transporters and dabo girls.
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# 3
03-28-2012, 04:43 AM
Where do I sign?!
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# 4
03-28-2012, 06:28 AM
The rest of my life trapped in cramped conditions living on strict rations with a large number of other people, constantly haunted by the knowledge that if the radiation doesn't sterilize us all before we make it to the heliopause, anything built by the lowest bidder will never last any longer than it takes those responsible to be safe from consequences?

Yeah, I'll pass.
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# 5
03-28-2012, 07:23 AM
the first expedition always gets eaten by aliens or space monsters or goes insane.
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# 6
03-28-2012, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by hevach View Post
The rest of my life trapped in cramped conditions living on strict rations with a large number of other people, constantly haunted by the knowledge that if the radiation doesn't sterilize us all before we make it to the heliopause, anything built by the lowest bidder will never last any longer than it takes those responsible to be safe from consequences?

Yeah, I'll pass.
Otherwise known as the Submarine service!! :p

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Hmmmmmmmm -scratches chin-

Let's also assume we have 100 humans to start a small colony.
Unfortunately, you'll need at least 200 people for proper genetic diversity (let's add 50 more, just as an engineering fudge factor) otherwise you'll end up like the Spanish line of the Habsburg royal family. More like a Family Stick, than a Family tree.
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# 7
03-28-2012, 07:29 AM
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Imagine if you will, that scientists were able to say definitively that Kepler 22b was habitable, and a generational spaceship was built to go there. Would you be willing to board?
What's the male/female ratio?
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# 8
03-28-2012, 08:29 AM
Only if the Cryo-system malfunctions causing me to be thawed three centuries later than planned. Nothing like a free pass to a brighter future.
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# 9
03-28-2012, 08:36 AM
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Only if the Cryo-system malfunctions causing me to be thawed three centuries later than planned. Nothing like a free pass to a brighter future.
No cryo systems. You live on the ship, and raise a family, then in a couple thousand years, your decendents colonise the planet.
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# 10
03-28-2012, 09:49 AM
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No cryo systems. You live on the ship, and raise a family, then in a couple thousand years, your decendents colonise the planet.
What's the point of that??

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You're forgetting time dilation. For example, at .9c, the relativistic factor is roughly 2.29. It would take 667 years from an outside point of reference, but only 291 years from an internal point of reference. At .95 c the relativistic factor is 3.2. So while the travel time is 631.5 years, it would only be 197 to those on the ship.
I saw on a Stephen Hawking documentary that if the ship reached 99% of light speed, the time dilation would be so that the crew would only experience a day for every year of travel. So 600 years = 600 days for the crew.
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