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Sex in Space Possible but Problematic

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In July, Dr Jason Kring, who works as an advisor at NASA, called for the agency to get the astronauts ready for sex in space. He said that a trip to Mars would last about three years and there's little chance that men and women working in the same team will not think about sex. Currently the space agency doesn't say anything about sex in space. However, for about 20 years mixed crews have performed missions in space and even a married couple flew on the US shuttle back in 1992.

There were rumors in the Soviet Union that Russian female astronauts did have sex in space when they went on a mission to the Mir space station. Will Whitehorn, president of Virgin Galactic, mentioned that these rumors were never denied. According to a space tourism venture, the test flights are likely to start this year.

"We've already had a number of inquiries from people about whether they could be the first to have sex in space. But we haven't accepted any bookings on that basis and won't until we understand what the safety issues might be," outlined Whitehorn.

But having sex in space could be quite problematic. Whitehorn explains that though there's the mass of a human body, there is no gravity to stop the person from being thrown in any direction.

"We'll understand a lot better in 2009 how our cabin will behave for weightless people and whether we will allow them to do it. They may then need training to have sex in space," said Whitehorn.

Some solutions to the problems regarding sex in space include handles, straps and bungees. There have even been proposals to use a bag developed for two persons, called 2suit. However, there are scientists who have other priorities than answering the question about a comfortable sex in space.

"As a biologist and physician, I'm not worried about the challenges of what might be called "rendezvous and docking. My concern is the implication of a pregnancy in space," said Dr Jim Logan, co-founder of Space Medicine Associates in Houston.

"A lot of people believe the success of our species depends on our ability to get off the planet to have viable, self-sustaining, self-replicating communities in space," he added.

Some space flights have shown that male astronauts registered a decreased level of testosterone and libido. Those who are in space for a longer period of time lose bone density, which is why researchers fear that babies conceived in space, where there's no gravity, could be born with fragile bones. Reproduction in space is a topic that has been poorly studied.

"After 47 years of space flight, we have yet to see a mammal go from copulation to birth, growth and then reproduction by the next generation," said Dr Logan.

Meanwhile if you wish to go for the space adventure the only thing that will make you excited is seeing our beautiful planet from space; there's little chance you will think about sex.

Source: Metro.co.uk

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6 votes

//22 Sep 24, 2011 09:41 PM | posted by: uldics
Too much speculations and a lot of bulls417! There is no need for anything special. Just go and do it. I am pretty sure russians did it, and there is nothing wrong with it. They clearly did not have anything special for it. Anyone thinking of needing some equipment for it is just a fetishist.
9 votes

//21 Mar 21, 2010 06:31 PM | posted by: johny
I think it will be a treat since there is no gravity only when the woman can feel is the rubbing of penis in there so even small dicks will also be able to satisfy girls.

2ndly when a man is lying down on his back, he can ejaculate good enough. considering no gravity his semen can shoot like a bullet.

only problem would be if he masterbates, all cum will be floating around the ship. it won't be a surprise that a lady taking a showever could get pregnant be the floating cum that somebody shooted sometime back.
10 votes

//20 Jul 22, 2009 06:37 PM | posted by: ActionMan
"I think he's attempting reentry."
-Q

That is the culmination of all that is awesome in the world. Being a secret agent sleeping with a beautiful woman in space.
7 votes

//19 Jul 16, 2009 05:49 AM | posted by: OergonMJW
while sex in space would logically occur in the relative comfort of the space vehicle, weightlessness would need to be overcome. velcro space boots? remember, there is no up or down in space. Oh. right. that would be a problem too. When it comes to "devices" used to stabilize ones partner, the sado-masochist/dominatrix industry my offer some solutions. tying your partner to the bed with bungies might be even MORE fun in space! Studies must be conducted. Is there a practical way to ge the infamous "Vomit Comet" involved in such studies? The test subjects would have to be really really fast.
9 votes

//18 Dec 02, 2008 04:08 PM | posted by: Kemar
can i go i ant to have sex there too. sex anywhere i said Jamaica to the world.
9 votes

//17 Nov 20, 2008 10:29 PM | posted by: grigori [InfoTOT]
I volunteer to be a guinea pig on this one... 3 years in space, sex anywhere... mmm
8 votes

//16 Nov 20, 2008 10:13 PM | posted by: Grigori
I volunteer to be a guinea pig on this one... 3 years in space, sex anywhere... mmm
9 votes

//15 Oct 25, 2008 11:57 PM | posted by: addictedgamer [InfoTOT]
have you seen the astronauts in any aerospace program? the don't make you want to have sex. as to studying sex in space, schedule sexy asstronauts to take flight, put them up for extended durations, give them plus things to sit on or in or whatever, and get back to sexy innuendos, it won't happen unless you seduce the brain of the other. then let nature take its course, you don't need straps and all that stuff, that sounds like sado-masachism in space to me. somebody at nasa has a fetish and obviously wants to get it into space.

you have to also consider that most astronauts are nerds, it will take more than 3 years for a nerd to mate with another nerd. they are going to need blondes and jealous brunettes up there. they also need to change uniforms when not suited up to what they wore in the original star trek. man those are hot uniforms, you can see hiney, legs, cleavage and for the guys well, what woman can resist seeing a hot throbbing penis under the trousers. woot. not to mention how the guy looks when his shirt gets ripped. reminds of that time when cpt. kirk was ...

hubba bubba.

Have we really run out of real science?

Haven't they heard of masturbation devices?

dear god...

bah humbug!
8 votes

//14 Sep 26, 2008 05:12 AM | posted by: gorge
amimal mira esta fotos de mujeresmmmm
8 votes

//13 Sep 24, 2008 03:05 AM | posted by: not the cereal!
The issue of ejaculation has not been properly adressed, I feel. If you "delivered the package", and out came the space rations, as it where, outside of the - other participant, the floating semen might drift for long enough to land on your food the next day.
8 votes

//12 Sep 20, 2008 03:59 PM | posted by: TVDinner
What does the phrase, "Russian female astronauts did have sex in space," actually mean? Was it just the women, or did the men engage as well?

Or is this part of the age-old bias that somehow women are the only ones responsible for hanky-panky. Grow up. It takes two to tango.

Unless, of course, they were tangoing with each other.
9 votes

//11 Sep 19, 2008 06:43 PM | posted by: coldthunder
100 ft. moneyshot....lmao
8 votes

//10 Aug 26, 2008 06:24 PM | posted by: Rick
I can't wait for all the new euphemisms...
8 votes

//9 Aug 23, 2008 07:22 AM | posted by: jonyfries
Any long term space mission would create an artificial gravity by spinning the space craft. I would think that would fix most of the problems.
8 votes

//8 Aug 22, 2008 09:41 AM | posted by: Lorenzo
The topic is overall very interesting, mostly the part about a multi-generation space flight, witch is the only conceivable way today to even think of of long term travel in to space, think of how many generations of humans it would take at our todays best speed to get to the nearest star? and on top of that if they don't find anything they would have to come back.

You can see examples of this everyday, think of a kid born in new york compared to a kid born in the open country, the one in new york might receive better education, but the one in the country is definetly stronger cause he lives out doors...now multiply this effect for zero gravity, then multiply but a few generations...i think they should take a batch of lab rats on the mir and see what happens after a few dozen generations, the effects might not be as evident as in humans but they are still mammals so it ought to give some interesting feedback.
9 votes

//7 Aug 22, 2008 05:43 AM | posted by: Sean
Even if I had a kid in space and it died 5 minutes later, I'd still wanna do it just so I could have the first kid outside Earth. Sounds terrible I know but it'd be legendary nonetheless.
9 votes

//6 Aug 22, 2008 05:08 AM | posted by: phillydrifter [InfoTOT]
I think those are mostly excuses he cites because he doesn't want to discuss it, he probably doesn't get any on earth either. As for 'equal and opposite reactions' no shit, that's why you hold onto her hips. And you can't tell me those shuttles have no rooms in them as well as (i can't say 'hanging' but) tethers or straps so people can pull their way around the shuttle.

Besides, who wants to give birth in space? I just want a beej so i can fire my sperm all the way across the chamber.
9 votes

//5 Aug 22, 2008 05:05 AM | posted by: Phil E. Drifter
I think those are mostly excuses he cites because he doesn't want to discuss it, he probably doesn't get any on earth either. As for 'equal and opposite reactions' no shit, that's why you hold onto her hips. And you can't tell me those shuttles have no rooms in them as well as (i can't say 'hanging' but) tethers or straps so people can pull their way around the shuttle.

Besides, who wants to give birth in space? I just want a beej so i can fire my sperm all the way across the chamber.
8 votes

//4 Aug 21, 2008 09:03 PM | posted by: Anonymous
I like how the author highlighted "lose bone density" and "fragile bones."

A little double entendre? eh? eh?
9 votes

//3 Aug 21, 2008 08:32 PM | posted by: Adam
Think of all the new positions.
8 votes

//2 Aug 21, 2008 06:25 PM | posted by: Hanehime
"They may then need training to have sex in space"

I'm up for that.
8 votes

//1 Aug 20, 2008 07:46 PM | posted by: rjeremy
No more rug burns!

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