A while back, I wrote a post –
But sex in space is no laughing matter – it’s a serious topic if we are going to travel into the unknown to spread our culture into far-flung planets.
“Something we really don’t know about is human reproduction in space.”
In the past, on shorter missions that only take a matter of months, this was not a concern for space agencies, but if we have aspirations for colonisation, research needs to happen.
Lehnhardt said: “If we’re talking about colonisation, there’s a key component to colonisation that makes it possible and that is having babies and this is something we have frankly never studied.
We might not ever have “studied” sex in space, but we know something about it!
Trouble is, sex as we know it – isn’t going to happen in space. It’s going to be really disappointing.
The mechanical problems of sex in micro gravity is that it would require close tethering together. Each lustful thrust when un-tethered would result in the pair shooting off in different directions.
The Physical problems are more serious. Blood in the body in micro gravity, feeds the head and upper body. The face swells, and so do boobs. But the lack of blood in the lower half manifests as spindly legs and the complete lack of erection in both sexes. And testosterone levels in space, plummet.
In our drive to get to other planets, and populating them for any purpose, re-creation of our own species is the biggest problem. Sex is really very important. As far as I know, in tests on animals and lowly creatures, none have yet been successfully bred. It’s gravity that allows earth animals to pro-create.
So the biggest problems overshadowing our space adventure are sex and the effects of radiation on fertility and offspring.
The spontaneity of sex as we know it is going to morph to a cold, hard scientific endeavour.