Want to Colonize an Alien Planet? Send 40,000 People

Future Starship Under Construction

By Mike Wall
space.com
7-28-14

     If humanity ever wants to colonize a planet beyond the solar system, it’s going to need a really big spaceship.

The founding population of an interstellar colony should consist of 20,000 to 40,000 people, said Cameron Smith, an anthropologist at Portland State University in Oregon. Such a large group would possess a great deal of genetic and demographic diversity, giving the settlement the best chance of survival during the long space voyage and beyond, he explained. . . .

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