Sex in space inevitable, say scientists
With US agency Nasa and other countries planning more and more space missions, a debate has started on the possibility of cosmic sex.Updated: Jul 09, 2008 00:52 IST
Cosmic sex is inevitable, believe experts. It is difficult to accept that astronauts cannot have sexual feelings while on a three-year mission to Mars, said Jason Kring of Florida’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who has been studying the psychological effects of long-duration space missions.
With US agency Nasa and other countries planning more and more space missions, a debate has started on the possibility of cosmic sex.
Though nobody claims to know whether it has already happened, some experts believe that sex in space is inevitable. “To say that astronauts are superior beings who cannot have interests in any kind of sexual feelings for three years... I just don’t buy it,” Kring said.
The report also highlighted the fact that space agencies were gradually inclining towards sending more mixed gender crews in space, with studies suggesting that they are better at performing assigned tasks.
“They are mission-oriented... very focused on the task at hand,” said Nasa spokesperson Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters.
Kring, however, said sexual frustration could ensue. “Human sexuality is a basic need and you’re telling people, ‘Hey, for three years, you can’t do that.’ They’re going to figure out a way to do it.”
Lawrence Palinkas, professor of social work, anthropology and preventive medicine at UCLA, said: “No research has been done to know whether it (sex in space) would be a good thing or a bad thing, but it probably is inevitable.”
Journalist Laura Woodmansee, who wrote Sex in Space in 2006, predicted “honeymoons in space and out-of-this-world sex will be a reality within a decade”. The book describes several positions that might work during cosmic copulation, ranging from the modified missionary position to sitting with “interlocking Y-legs”. She writes that props could also be used, like a shared elastic waistband to hold one partner to a stable structure.