Spending an entire year on the International Space Station (ISS) can be a common mission among astronauts. It can also be, of course, a year without sex. Is there a possibility that space travelers could have relationships outside of Earth? The POT working on a project about it.
As a report published on the website of WeekNASA begins to study the dynamics that would represent having sex in space and likewise develop new systems that facilitate sexual encounters.
The US space agency expressed its interest in expanding knowledge about “space sexology” and invited other organizations in 2022 to make an effort and collaborate in this study.
It is important to note that the NASA initiative is not aimed at helping astronauts have the means to satisfy their sexual desires. The goal of the US agency is to develop new knowledge that can eventually be used to populate colonies in space in the future..
Is it possible to have sex in space?
There is not enough scientific evidence to demonstrate whether having sex in space represents an activity that is completely impossible to perform and there are no studies that allow us to understand the possible positive or negative effects that this practice could have on the human body.
What is confirmed is thatlow gravity also makes it more difficult for a man to achieve physical arousal. Besides, the behavior of the body’s internal fluids would also be affected and both factors would make sex difficult.
John Mills, physicist and astronomer, compared in 2018 with The Sun having sex in space with doing it while skydiving: “The issues surrounding the act revolve around the free fall environment, microgravity, experienced by astronauts.”.
“Every push or thrust will propel you in opposite directions, even the slightest touch can make it hard to keep in touch if both people aren’t properly grounded. Astronauts would have to lean against the Space Station and even each other”, he detailed.