Astronauts also sweat a lot in flight, which means that sex without gravity would probably be hot, humid and surrounded by little beads of sweat. When they went into space together, Lee and Davis even spent some time artificially inseminating frog eggs for the greater good. Despite the arrival of mixed crews in 1983, NASA astronauts seem to have behaved well in orbit, according to Chiao. The few experiments that have been done on sex in space focused on animals, not humans.
Have any astronauts had sex in space?
The truth is that we don’t know for sure whether anyone has had sex in space, but it’s very likely, as married couples have travelled into space together. However, there’s nothing documented on their intimate relationships.
Actually, having sex in space may be pretty difficult, as there are many inconveniences that may cause issues. One thing that can make a difference is your circadian rhythm, which is interrupted by spaceflight. This can have an effect on your physical and mental health, but also your sexual health too.
There is nothing but speculation to suggest otherwise. Without such a commitment, there is little incentive for retired astronauts to be continually monitored and cared for as they age, meaning that potentially crucial data on the effects of space travel on the human body will likely go unnoticed. It has long been rumored that astronauts may have hooked up in orbit, perhaps even as part of secret space sex experiments run by the Russian or U.S. governments. But why? Well, there seems to be an umpteenth amount of problems when it comes to having sex in microgravity.
Any trip to Mars would involve radiation exposure that would exceed the current limits allowed for astronauts. Another problem is that male testosterone levels plummet in space, meaning rocket-bound adventurers suffer from a lack of sex drive, Millis says. In another string of whispers, a Russian astronaut, Valery Polyakov, is rumored to have gotten close to his partner Elena Kondakova during their time together on the 14-month Mir mission. Sex – or, rather, reproduction – has also piqued the curiosity of scientists.
Sort of. The Explainer thanks Bob Jacobs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Laura Woodmansee, author of Sex in Space. That’s not to say that such entanglements don’t occur on Earth, however, as evidenced by the complicated love triangle involving then-astronauts William Oefelein and Lisa Nowak. NASA, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, insists that no human being has ever had sex in space, and American astronauts often avoid the subject.
NASA says no human has ever had sex in space.
What is sex in space like?
According to a report in the New York Post, John Millis, a physicist and astronomer, compared having sex in space to having sex while “skydiving.” On the other hand, allowing space eroticism could help humans adapt to space life and improve the well-being of future space dwellers. Sex in space became a topic of debate for the long-term survival of the human species, the colonization of other planets, the inspiration of songs, and the humanization of the motives of space exploration. Human sexual activity in the weightlessness of outer space presents difficulties due to Newton’s third law.
In the near future, life in space may also limit access to intimate partners, restrict privacy, and increase tensions between crew members in dangerous conditions where cooperation is essential. In time, we may know enough to allow someone, or indeed two people, to make the big leap from sex and reproduction in space. Experts suggest that, because of the low gravity, the effect of blood flow and pressure on the body has an effect on sexual desire. However, space station crews have free time on weekends, where they can watch movies, read books, play games and generally have a good time.
When one wonders why no human being has ever had sex in space, part of the answer is that actually living in the cosmos, rather than visiting it for scientific field research purposes, is not what NASA intends. American and Russian astronauts have had sex in space for separate research programs on how humans could survive years in orbit, according to a book published yesterday. The story uses the cheating astronauts to describe techniques humans could use to copulate in space without special devices. As a result, their actions would not change their speed unless affected by another undocked object.
Sex in a gravity-free environment would cause all fluids, such as sweat, vaginal moisture and semen, to accumulate and float around the cabin, making encounters more than uncomfortable. This is because only 11.5 percent of astronauts are women, and the relatively few women who have been in space have opted to take birth control beforehand to avoid menstruation. Despite this, national and private space organizations are moving ahead with long-term missions to the International Space Station (ISS), the Moon, and Mars with no concrete research or plans to address human eroticism in space. Due to taboos and conservative sexual views, some organizations may choose to ignore the realities of intimacy and sexuality in space.
Rats that go into labor shortly after returning from space have almost twice as many contractions as rats that never left Earth. Part of the problem is that almost all of the available data on astronaut health and recovery comes from astronauts who have only experienced very brief stays in space. Microgravity – you know, that thing where astronauts float around the International Space Station like a Cirque du Soleil troupe with a penchant for poles – seems to alter biology, too. Microgravity causes blood to rush to the head instead of going to the genitals, making it harder for humans to feel aroused.
How would sex in space work?
Nowak and Oefelein were never on the same mission, so it’s impossible for them to have joined the 62-mile high club. In his book The Last Mission, French author Pierre Kohler claimed that NASA had commissioned a study on sexual positions in outer space. But, for some reason, men’s testosterone levels have been found to drop during their time in space, says Millis. During the space shuttle era, most people were only off the planet for about two weeks at a time.
He cited a fictional paper, widely available on the Internet, describing subjects who experimented with 10 different positions, six of which required a rubber band or sleeping bag-like tube to hold the couple together in zero gravity. Not that SpaceX dismisses the health repercussions of long-duration spaceflight, said Phil Larson, who at the time he was interviewed was SpaceX’s spokesman. He further explains that “the issues surrounding the act revolve around the free-fall, microgravity environment that astronauts experience, adding, “Imagine them engaging in sexual activity while skydiving, each push or thrust will propel them in opposite directions.” The first married couple went into space in 1991, when boot camp sweethearts Jan Davis and Mark Lee served a mission together.
What happens then? “We can’t have everyone lying on the floor of the spacecraft because they pass out every time they try to stand up, Lehnhardt said. According to reports, NASA and other space agencies have long denied the existence of any sexual activity in space. Astronaut Lisa Nowak is facing attempted murder charges after she drove nearly 1,000 miles to confront a rival for the affections of another astronaut, Bill Oefelein. NASA normally has a policy that prevents married couples from flying together, not because they fear they will have sex, but because it could harm the team dynamic.
Although the events of space explorations and “Mission Mars” have always been in the news, the international space agencies have yet to make any scientific breakthroughs that would allow astronauts to go on their space journeys without need. Besides, even if one manages to have sex in low-gravity conditions, it would be very uncomfortable to see all that sweat and fluids floating around the spacecraft. Nowak said she and Oefelein had “more than a working relationship, but less than a romantic relationship.” Former and current astronauts don’t like to talk about sex on the space shuttle, and NASA says if it ever happened, the agency doesn’t know about it.
This is a problem when you have sex, because your heart rate increases rapidly and you breathe harder.