RE: beauty queens and galactic colonization

ChuckKuecker (
Mon, 4 May 1998 10:17:46 -0500 (CDT)

At 16:36 5/3/98 -0700, you wrote:
>are extropians interested in memes regarding expansion
>of humanity throughout the galaxy? i have generated some
>interesting findings using data from the hipparcos, the european
>satellite that measured the distances to nearby stars with
>great accuracy using parallax. if there is interest, i will
>post the results of converting the declination, right ascention
>tables into rectangular coordinates.
>with this information, one can see that the sun is a relatively
>lonely star. one can also see that the nearest star will not
>necessarily be the first colonized... spike

Has anyone considered the possiblity of colonizing any arbitrary star? As
long as there is sufficient material in orbit, be it asteroids or planets, a
seeder ship could assemble habitats for colonists, who would arrive in deep
sleep or be generated on the spot from frozen embryos or directly from a DNA
data base.

We don't necessarily need a habitable planet, or even a planet around a star
to build a colony. Given, there is something to be said for being able to
run around practically naked on a planetary surface, but this preference
might just be a remnant of our animal origins, and might not be missed by

Perhaps our progeny will caper naked around the photosphere of a likely star
for a family outing..

Chuck Kuecker