Originally posted by Duchess64
How would a frozen fertilized egg develop into a baby without a human womb to host it?
If the space flight will take one thousand years, how can food be preserved so that it remain nutritious?
Should there be any experiments of rearing children without human caregivers on Earth before trying it on another planet?
I am just projecting possibilites. You are bringing up subject about engineering problems that need to be solved before any kind of undertaking like that could be done. There are not only fertilized eggs needing to be frozen but seeds and literally millions of those and thousands of species and fish and land animals too.
There is the barest possibility ALL of that DNA stuff could be just computer code to be decanted somehow by AI in a generation ship like that. That would be an engineering feat of yet a higher order to turn the code back into life forms.
The whole thing may be a pipe dream if you can't even go ten percent of c without running into major issues with tiny specks of dust slamming into the vehicle at 18,000 miles per second. The amount of kinetic energy of just one such piece would be of monsterous proportions.
The whole thing is just a sci fi plot line for now but who knows what will happen if we can continue developing science for the next 400 years like the last 400 years.
Scientific knowledge is growing exponentially right now. It seems to me sometime in the future someone will try to go interstellar the best way they can.
Right now Hawking talks about microchips being propelled by lasers or microwaves to a good portion of c to go to Alpha Centauri which makes sense to me for the simple reason it is a three for one trip, three very close stars and their associated planetary systems to explore even if it is for now thousands of micro probes doing a quick and done visit, they will teach us a lot before we actually can send humans there.
All of that is science fiction for now. Just a story line.