Skip to comments.Hibernating astronauts would need smaller spacecraft
Posted on 11/18/2019 1:24:56 PM PST by BenLurkin
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Free vacations to Venus for the worthy folks! Or Mars, even.
The Marching Morons by C. M. Kornbluth
Lol. Plus it kills germs too.
extra body fat or bust!
you gonna need a few sets of garments or will the outfits be one size fits all?
I remember Donovan had a song decades ago called “Intergalactic Laxative.” One line went “If sh_tting is your problem when you’re out there in the stars, the Intergalactic Laxative will get you from here to Mars.”
Who knew he was prophetic?
Wherever man has conquered, on his quest for frontiers view
Im glad hes always had to do, the numbers 1 & 2
It makes it oh so ordinary
Just like you and me
To know the greatest heroes, they had to sh_t and pee.
Thats from my memory banks, no searching at all.
I don’t think ‘medically induced coma’ tech is ready for year-long use.
But, yes, it’s a good idea.
Since weight is such a big factor, why not dwarves for astronauts?
“What about human body waste? Since its, or can be, toxic, wouldnt that pose a problem to the traveling people? Just wondering.”
From what I know, bears don’t get up and take a dump when they’re hibernating (that’s mostly due to not eating - trying fasting for a week and you also won’t be going #2). They likely also don’t use their other plumbing, as they can just breath out moisture.
But it will be INTERESTING when humans try it on earth, it’s almost like time travel in that they will barely age, but everyone around them will be a year older. Actually not a bad concept for people who are much older than their grandkids and prefer to see them after they grow up a bit.
“As long as someone doesn’t wake up and eat all the food.”
Well Skunk Cabbage did say that she always wanted to be an astronaut when she was growing up, and I guess this would be an approximate representation of her on Mars, considering the tent she now wears to political events.
“How about some additive to water that prevents is from expanding when it freezes.”
Hibernation gets you mostly there, and, for sure, with a much shorter wake-up time.
The question is whether humans can actually hibernate - doing that is not child’s play.
We could send Tyrion!
Yeah, I remember the reprint of that tall tale in "Old Farmer's Almanac" -- the fact is, humans have never been shown to be able to hibernate. So, forget it. :^) Thanks fieldmarshaldj.
May not be possible due to lack of magnetic field, which protects our planet from the solar winds. Dwellings would likely have to be enclosed in protective bubbles.
True terraforming consists of creating and retaining an atmosphere with sufficient oxygen to sustain Earthly life, a lack of harmful amounts of other atmospheric gases (Mars' atmosphere is predominantly CO2) and a hydrologic cycle (That's water to you folks in Rio Linda). Earth's magnetic field prevents the oxygen and water from cooking off into space, as apparently happened on Mars.
Test it on prisoner volunteers who are slated for execution. If they die, they were gonna die anyway; if they live commute the sentence to life in prison.
those due to undergo major surgeries for more than two decades.”
Must have been at the VA, although that does seem excessive.
Why don’t we spend the money on earth to explore and solve problems?
Forget those "pods"... We just have to survive Apophis twice, Islam, communism, and then be patient for a couple more centuries...
“Test it on prisoner volunteers who are slated for execution. If they die, they were gonna die anyway; if they live commute the sentence to life in prison.”
Now if we were only serious about executions. But, otherwise, not a bad plan!
At the risk of being ‘nitpicky’, ALL money spent on space research is spent on Earth.
Light atoms are what does the trick, such as hydrogen. Beryllium works well if you need a more solid material. Polyethelene (C2H4) is also good.
The airline business is taking note on how to squash more passengers in.
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