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Re: Re: starship-design: Suspended Animation

In a message dated 4/30/98 4:46:41 PM, jon_jay1@juno.com wrote:

>Hello? Is anyone even listening to me. At least 10 e-mails ago I sent the
>>>In fact my opinion would be to send probes followed by two or three
>small 50-75
>>>crew ships to set up a colony and then send two Explorers with 3/4 of
>the >>compliment in suspended animation.
>>    Now the we gotten back on the subject, I've had a theory, but I 
>>haven't figured the details. I heard from a friend of mine of a 
>>surgical procedure that freezes part  of the body so that the blood 
>>runs as a thick fluid, very slowly, so they don't lose much blood.
>>With this procedure in mind, I was wondering if it would be possible 
>>to freeze the bodies at the given temperature and use nitrous oxide, 
>>ether, etc (some sort of anesthetic) to put them to sleep, using IVs 
>>and such to provided the needed nutrients to the body.
>>   I'm not trained in any sort of medication or freezing processes, so 
>>I just thought I'd ask.
>   Was anyone paying attention or did I just humiliate myself in front of
>the many newsletter members. If it must be more in depth, I also heard
>from another that slower blood may mean slower brain function and
>possibly slower groth rate. The anesthetic (by the way, it doesn't have
>to be an anesthetic) is only used to get them to sleep.

Thought we answered that?  We don't have a clue on how to do suspended
animation, and I have doubts about 50-75 person ships.