Should we make babies in space and what will love making be like in space to help our genus populate the farthest fringes of universe? They say there are more stars in the universe than there are sand grains on the planet Earth. This certainly increases the possibility of a planet somewhere out there that is habitable and teaming with ideal conditions to support life. However strong this possibility might be one thing is for sure, we are yet to find out a way to travel faster than light and even if we were to figure out a technological solution to overcome this speed limit, we would still need 100s of years to reach these habitable planets. Due to this inevitable handicap many scientists have suggested interstellar travel with huge human colonies to board these spaceships. And when the day comes to land on the target planet it maybe the 10th or 20th generation of this seed human colony that will eventually land on the planet and populate it.
The idea sounds fascinating but it raises many questions, which deal with the complexity of human brain and its dependency on social ecosystem that plays a direct role in its development. Moreover human babies should not be born with singular purpose to fulfill the job they are assigned onboard this spaceship, rather a child should have the choice to do the job he/she likes and marry the person he/she likes and even produce babies. But if you are a member of this interstellar voyage these may not be the viable options that can be offered to you, but a dream that will definitely be sold to you in order to convince you to be a member of this seed human colony that will make history by landing on the target planet.
These pioneers – nomads of the universe – will be starting new lives beyond Earth but the question still remains, is it worth being a part of this pilgrimage that will change the course of human history?
Before colonizing these planets it is important to know and study the repercussions of having extraterrestrial children. These children will certainly be different in many ways because their development process will take place in a controlled environment and this will have direct impact on their emotional and psychological outputs. And what if these extraterrestrial children someday wish to return to earth. Will they be able to cope with the social structure of our planet or will they take it as a threat to their own survival? Afterall, we will be different in many ways!
Based on the data derived from the space travels accomplished by humans thus far, spaceflight is certainly not good for human health and needs an individual with strong will and determination. And making love in space cannot be even imagined about without mechanical aid and conceiving in space is a completely different part of the equation. It has never been tried so far and most of the scientists have ruled out the possibility of having normal conception in space. The idea is definitely great and worth trying but only after duly examining the odds associated with it and preparing to tackle them in advance.
Japan is currently investigating one primary aspect of this problem by studying the effects of space on mammalian fertility. Subject : mouse sperm.
It certainly is a risky voyage, but then, no risk no gain! Polynesian people took the risk of travelling thousands of miles 3,000 years ago to colonize many islands in the South Pacific. They took the risk, but it was based on the hope to offer better living conditions to their children and to flourish as a civilization. Now the moral and ethical part of the question being, the child that was put in the risky environment was never consulted because he/she was not born then. And the same implies for our space travel, the babies that will be born in space, will be offered no choice and will be forced into this hostile environment. Ethically it sounds unjust but when we look at it with an open mindset we tend to realize, “ do we have any other option?” Aren’t the children being born in Syria, Haiti and other war torn regions of the world put at similar or at times greater risk? I will conclude this article with this question and let you ponder on this voyage as an individual i.e. as a father, as a son, as a mother and as a woman!
At HireHere we strongly believe in breaking the barriers and living beyond the dogmas to conquer new frontiers of technological innovation and advancements. This should be the never-ending pursuit of human race. Curiosity has helped us land on Mars and it is this element of our personalities and genetic construction that will someday help us in finding an Earth-like planet just perfect to start all over again.