One topic that is evidently too hot to handle: How do you cope with sexual desire among healthy young men and women during a mission years long?Ok, whoah. First things first...it's only heterosexual couples that will end up having sex on a 3 year long flight!?!? Yeah, right. We all know that humans adapt in mitigating circumstances... think prison.
Sex is not mentioned in the document and has long been almost a taboo topic at NASA. Williams said the question of sex in space is not a matter of crew health but a behavioral issue that will have to be taken up by others at NASA.
The agency will have to address the matter sooner or later, said Paul Root Wolpe, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania who has advised NASA since 2001.
"There is a decision that is going to have to be made about mixed-sex crews, and there is going to be a lot of debate about it," he said.
Second, sex in space has almost certainly taken place already. You don't think Neil Amstrong, or some other astronaut, took it upon themselves to have some zero-g hanky panky? With the already well-covered story about the love triangle involving NASA, I think it's pretty much agreed-upon that sex happens at NASA. Not so far off to join the 30 mile-high club. Har har.
P.S. If anyone knows where to view the video of Jon Stewart's skewering of the national media during the Astro-nut love triangle story, let me know in the comments and I'll repost here. The segment was called "Very Accomplished Woman in Tragic Local Story."