When the signal from David's planet is discovered in Alien: Covenant and the crew is contemplating whether they should go and investigate, it seems like one of the strongest arguments supporting the idea is the possibility of NOT going to hypersleep vs the option of sleeping for over 7 years heading to the original destination.

Why is it? Why do the crew so strongly NOT want to go to hypersleep?

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    I wanna say it had to do with the fact the planet was habitable and right there, versus going on for 7 more years.
    – user25738
    Sep 5, 2017 at 18:18
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    This movie leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The planet was there, somehow previously undetected by all-knowing Weyland company and the crew decided to shave off 7 years of the mission. They already lost colonists and had a damaged ship, figure why waste the opportunity? I dunno.
    – user25738
    Sep 5, 2017 at 18:48
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    Maybe their confidence in the reliability of the pods is not what it was before they all saw their comrade, Branson, burned to a crisp. Sep 5, 2017 at 22:22
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    @SiXandSeven8ths - Ummm, not discovering every single smaller-than-stellar celestial object in unlimited three-dimensional space is not all that befuddling or mysterious. Sep 5, 2017 at 22:24
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    @PoloHoleSet ... but discovered another planet that was another 7 years out?
    – bobbyalex
    Sep 6, 2017 at 6:13

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Their original captain (the James Franco character) was burned alive when his sleep pod malfunctioned during the emergency wake-up. So it's understandable that they'd be skeptical about getting back into the pods.

  • That's what I was thinking too.
    – ruslaniv
    Sep 6, 2017 at 4:11

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