Baby, Let’s Do It in Microgravity! NASA Says It is Considering Studying Sex in Space
However, he noted that the agency would take the appropriate steps when it becomes necessary to conduct research on humans' reproductive health during space missions.
Why Is This Important?
NASA, in its turn, plans to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024 and then establish a human presence there.
Scientists have for decades studied how space missions affect human health – blood flow, muscles, skeletal strength – but there have been no comprehensive studies on sex and the reproductive system.
It is known that cosmic radiation can have detrimental effects on an individual’s DNA and potentially lead to cancer, nerve degeneration, and radiation sickness. The risk of developing a disease increases with the duration of a space mission and will grow significantly when space agencies send astronauts to other planets. According to NASA, a one-way trip to Mars would take about nine months.
Health experts have noted that a good sex life is vital for physical and mental health. Late last year, a group of Canadian researchers called on space agencies worldwide to “embrace a new discipline” of study – “space sexology: the scientific study of extraterrestrial intimacy and sexuality”.
"Love and sex are central to human life. Despite this, national and private space organizations are moving forward with long-term missions to the International Space Station (ISS), the moon and Mars without any concrete research and plans to address human eroticism in space. Rocket science may take us to outer space. But it will be human relationships that determine if we thrive as a spacefaring civilization", the scientists' article reads.
"Vaginal wetness could be an issue as the fluid-like sweat and tears – will tend to pool at the location of secretion in the absence of gravity. This wouldn't inhibit arousal necessarily, but I imagine it would be uncomfortable or unpleasant”, Millis told BuzzFeed.