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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Sex in space!

NASA can't bring themselves to admit that sex probably takes place on space flights, and sex in some form will almost certainly take place on a planned flight to Mars. Discussion about sex notably absent from an important document detailing health concerns for the three-year long trip to Mars. An excerpt...
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?

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.

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.

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."

3 Comments:

  • Read the book
    http://www.apogeespacebooks.com/Books/SpaceSex.html

    Cheers

    By Blogger Rich Godwin, at Tue May 01, 07:02:00 PM PDT  

  • Thanks for the resource, Rich!

    By Blogger Isaac, at Wed May 02, 09:17:00 AM PDT  

  • There are very serious consequences of biological reproduction in space; NASA is considering sending multi gendered crews to Mars for years at a time. What if a crew member becomes pregnant? Does NASA sanction an off world abortion, or even more serious, does the baby get born? If it is born off world, what are it’s chances of survival on the trip home? Could the foetus even develop properly in a different gravity regime? Could it survive living on Earth after the trip home?
    Read about it in details, "Sex in Space" by Laura Woodmansee on Apogee Books

    By Blogger Rich Godwin, at Thu May 03, 03:19:00 PM PDT  

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