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Old 02-12-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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An alternate title of this thread would be: A Fallout Shelter..... IN SPACE!

Let's say the Earth is FUBAR. 1-2 human beings are able to take whatever provisions they need from Earth and launch into space and dock with the ISS to live. They can never return to Earth.

Assuming their docked space shuttle would store whatever provisions they need as well as the provisions already on ISS, what would be needed to ensure the survival of 1 or 2 adult human beings (say age 30) on the ISS for the duration of their lives?
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:39 PM
 
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An alternate title of this thread would be: A Fallout Shelter..... IN SPACE!

Let's say the Earth is FUBAR. 1-2 human beings are able to take whatever provisions they need from Earth and launch into space and dock with the ISS to live. They can never return to Earth.

Assuming their docked space shuttle would store whatever provisions they need as well as the provisions already on ISS, what would be needed to ensure the survival of 1 or 2 adult human beings (say age 30) on the ISS for the duration of their lives?
Hardware that doesn't break down, drugs and p0rn movies.

Funnies aside, figuring average life expectancy of 75 there is no way enough supplies can be stockpiled to last a pair of 30 year old's for the rest of their lives especially if they are vegans.

Plus it had better be two males or two females up there...
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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The ISS wasn't designed for that kind of long-term isolation. I don't imagine that they could live for more than a couple of years, tops, and that's assuming that their CO2 scrubbers don't break or something.

In other words, the people in the ISS would be every bit as screwed as the people on Earth. I'd probably opt to take my chances down here, rather than face certain death up there.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:24 AM
 
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Well darn it, that's why we gotta get those Mars Colonies up and running asap!!
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: The Island of Misfit Toys
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The ISS would have to be significantly more self sufficient. You basically want a floating biosphere. Obviously, solar powered. Manuverable. A large green house. Incidentally, if the human race is to survive and travel to distant stars, we will have to create such floating biospheres capable of carrying thousands of people each.

Is that why you're asking?
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"Assuming their docked space shuttle would store whatever provisions they need as well as the provisions already on ISS, what would be needed to ensure the survival of 1 or 2 adult human beings (say age 30) on the ISS for the duration of their lives?"

Two Colt 45s?

What a silly (being kind) question.

Humanity suddenly dies. What is required to keep two hamsters alive in their cage for the rest of their natural lives?

The brain of an idiot suddenly dies. What is required to keep him talking for the rest of his natural life?
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Wasilla Alaska
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If you were to consider living in space for the rest of your life, you'd have to consider that astronauts experience bone density loss, and muscle atrophy, as well as some cardiovascular changes. These are combated by exercising on some interesting looking equipment (to account for the zero g physics) to minimize it during their stay. However nobody is 100% certain what would happen if that stay were to be extended indefinitely.

So in addition to needing equipment that would never break down and to supply a LOT of food/water over time, you'd have to contend with constantly monitoring your health and solving new complications on the fly. Better be some REALLY smart people versed in multiple disciplines.

I'm with swagger, I'd stick it out and hope for some cool superpowers arising from whatever crazy environmental conditions arose from/caused the Earth to be "fubar"
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:36 PM
 
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The ISS would quickly deorbit within weeks, possibly days, of losing contact with ground control. Even if they were able to figure out how to use the Progress resupply ship's thrusters to boost their altitude manually, they would run out of fuel and crash within a year or so.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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That sounds dire!
Guess we really need to make sure no nuclear war happens :P
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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Just look what happened to John Glenn -- He turned into a liberal.
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