Scientists urge NASA to study sex in space

Posted by Sara | Opinion | Tuesday 18 January 2011 4:14 am
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Scientists urge NASA to study sex in space

Experts have suggested that NASA should touch on the topic of space sex. The experts said there haven’t been any studies on whether a child be conceived in zero-G or how sex would even work in space and an effort by NASA will prove informative.

Fox News quoted Dr. Rhawn Joseph from the Brain Research Laboratory in California as saying, “Human beings are sexual. They think about it a lot. So if you’re on a trip to Mars, it’s going to be dark out, you’ll be in a long period of isolation, and there’s not going to be a lot to do.”

From in.news.yahoo.com:

Joseph added that on the long space journeys that NASA takes, it would be impossible to expect astronauts not to form emotional ties.

“The Antarctic is comparable to space: It’s extremely cold down there and you spend a lot of time indoors. So NASA and lot of organizations think that’s a great analog to what it’ll be like on Mars,” Joseph said.

“And we see that researchers will go down there for extended periods of time in these extremely hostile conditions, and women will get pregnant. It’s just part of normal behaviour,” he added.

“So if you put an infant on Mars, they would adapt to varying degrees of the new environment. And after several generations, you’d have a new species,” he said.

NASA does not take a position on sex in space. According to the “Astronaut Code of Professional Responsibility,” astronauts are expected to adhere to “a constant commitment to honorable behavior,” but NASA won’t go much further than that.

The article appears in The Journal of Cosmology.

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