Send Water Bears to other Stars?

This topic is locked from further discussion.

Avatar image for Jd1680a
#1 Posted by Jd1680a (5958 posts) -

If we want to send Earthlings to outer space to colonize other planets in the galaxy, how about we send water bears? The actual capsule could be the size of a watermelon, holding in pressurized water for the water bears to hibernate in. Program a computer with logic programming for self guidance to allow the space craft to get captured by a star and search for possible locations for the water bear to live on.

I know it might sound ridiculous, but water bears would have the most probable chance of surviving a long space journey. While it would cost $100 billion or more to build a space craft for humans to be sent other stars, the craft for water bears could cost no more then $500 million.

Avatar image for SaintLeonidas
#2 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26735 posts) -

...not sure you understand exactly the point of interstellar travel...

Avatar image for 4myAmuzumament
#3 Edited by 4myAmuzumament (1791 posts) -

Now all I can think about is Water Bears (Tardigrades) piloting watermelons through space.

Avatar image for deactivated-5acfa3a8bc51d
#4 Posted by deactivated-5acfa3a8bc51d (7914 posts) -

^ interesting, keep me posted

Avatar image for chaoscougar1
#5 Posted by chaoscougar1 (37597 posts) -

lol

Avatar image for Master_Live
#7 Posted by Master_Live (18830 posts) -

Meh, lets actually send bears.

Avatar image for thegerg
#8 Posted by thegerg (18425 posts) -

Why?

Avatar image for jasean79
#9 Posted by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

And what are these water bears to do when they arrive at their destination?

Avatar image for yummifullz
#10 Posted by yummifullz (119 posts) -

Because the moss piglets could give us the answers we're looking for.

Avatar image for harry_james_pot
#11 Posted by harry_james_pot (11399 posts) -

Send them to do what exactly?

Avatar image for yummifullz
#12 Posted by yummifullz (119 posts) -

@harry_james_pot: To get captured by a Star and colonize an entire planet.

Avatar image for harry_james_pot
#13 Posted by harry_james_pot (11399 posts) -

@yummifullz said:

@harry_james_pot: To get captured by a Star and colonize an entire planet.

But what are we getting out of that? I really doubt they'll send back for us.. >_>

Avatar image for jasean79
#14 Posted by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

@harry_james_pot said:

@yummifullz said:

@harry_james_pot: To get captured by a Star and colonize an entire planet.

But what are we getting out of that? I really doubt they'll send back for us.. >_>

Exactly. And what if water bears don't want to leave their natural habitat? They can't exactly tell us that. So, really it's for no one's benefit to send them.

Avatar image for thegerg
#15 Posted by thegerg (18425 posts) -

@yummifullz said:

@harry_james_pot: To get captured by a Star and colonize an entire planet.

Why? What's the allure of contaminating another planet with a non-native species?

Avatar image for hydralisk86
#17 Posted by hydralisk86 (8816 posts) -

@Jd1680a: Maybe if we wait a very very long time after those water bears populate a planet, they will evolve to become an intelligent species, so that when we visit that planet, they will have the technology and the intelligence to kick us out of that planet.