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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After a long, motionless hibernation, their muscles would be so atrophied they wouldn’t be able to stand
Sad to hear you are ill, glad to hear you are still here.
Life from a hospital bed is ugly and good to escape.
Next stop,endure winter, hang on till spring, exult in summer & fall, plant your trees, repeat process.
(Prayers for healing and fortitude and good friends!)
Would hibernation affect the astronauts’ pay scale?
Many thanks; appreciate your concern and prayers, FRiends.
Thank you, FRiend.
You’re an inspiration.
Hang in there, and best of luck to you.
Open the pod-bay doors, Hal...
I have a lot of CRAPPY things to say about the medical profession. The results they had with you ARE NOT in that category...glad you seem to have recovered!
I was one of the lucky ones. Had really good, cutting-edge drs and nurses, especially at PSU-Hershey. I back to about 90%, now. The heart disease they found - I had 5 stents installed - is what will kill me.
Some cold-blooded animals have natural antifreeze to prevent ice from forming at sub zero temperature. But it only works so far. Once water freezes, there is nothing to prevent crystallization which causes it to expand, destroying every cell in the body. It’s just the physics of how the water molecule works, and as Scotty would say you canna change the laws of physics. Walt Disney would love it if we could (he had his head cryonically frozen).
Anyway, what is the goal here? The goal is to slow down the metabolism of a the human being for a very long period of time without damage or side effects. What is the minimal external supplied energy (heat, food, etc) to keep the bodily functions operating properly. Also, what about atrophy and bone density (especially in a low gravity environment).
Anyway, it seems like you might be able to apply an external EM source that might suspend the the water molecules thus preventing freezing crystalization.
Yes. But isn’t a deuterium reactor old technology?
Also, will the heavy water become radioactive if it is used in a reactor (for propulsion and powering the spaceship I presume).
You probably wouldn’t want it flowing near the astronauts.
Could be some alien race zoomed by earth a few 100 million years ago while venting their black water.
By doing it externally by locking the water molecule into place with some form of radio waves. Maybe forcing the water molecules to align and be held in stasis while the temperature is lowered.
Something that penetrates the body without harm. One form of EM is an xray another is what happens in an MRI with a mag field. Both types interact with the human body and cells directly. Well maybe an xray is not a good example. A microwave is tuned to the water molecule and causes the molecule to jiggle randomly. How about a more organized, nonrandom molecular movement.
In other words, use some kind of EM source to prevent the water molecule from transitioning.
Like a Star Trek tractor beam? You might as well speculate about transporter technology. Pure science fiction.
Definitely science fiction. However, science fiction can drive science fact and inspire ideas.
Is there warp drive? No, but is it an impossible idea? Yes, with current technologies and scientific understanding. In the future, IMHO no.
Imagine if that was really it :)
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