SEX in space is just one of the many challenges experts need to investigate if humans are to travel on longer missions.
According to Nasa, no human has ever had sex in space but scientists know from other studies that issues like a low sex drive and erectile dysfunction could plague astronauts.
GettyConditions in space mean humans wouldn’t be able to have sex as they do on Earth[/caption]
The weightlessness of space is said to cause hormonal changes that could decrease a person’s sex drive.
There’s also the issue of gravity not being there to stop your partner from being pushed away from you.
Here are some of the theories scientists have on how sex in space could be made possible.
Having sex like dolphins
German astronaut Ulrich Walter wrote a book called ‘Höllenritt durch Raum und Zeit (A hell ride through time and space)’, which discusses sex in space.
The astronaut said he lost his libido during a 10-day stay in space but was reassured that it can return after a few weeks.
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Libido aside, Walter was concerned with the mechanics of how two humans could avoid pushing each other away during space sex.
He previously suggested to German public broadcaster NDR that humans could use a sex method that dolphins rely on.
In the ocean, two dolphins sometimes have sex with a third dolphin holding them together so they don’t drift apart.
Walter suggested that humans could do something similar to stop the lack of gravity affecting intercourse abilities.
Sticking your partner to the wall
Former Nasa bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe told DW that Velcro could be a solution to space sex issues.
He told the outlet: “Everything on the walls of the space station is covered in Velcro, so you could take advantage of that by velcroing one partner to the wall.
“You have to get creative in this space.”
Sex robots in space
Simon Dubé, a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology specializing in human sexuality, sex tech, and Erobotics, previously suggested that sex tech should be made available to astronauts.
The researcher proposed that sex robots could be a convenient alternative to intimacy between humans.
He wrote in The Conversation: “Erobots could provide companionship and sexual pleasure to crew members and settlers.
“Beyond the capabilities of sex toys, erobots can incorporate social dimensions into erotic experiences.
“They could help with loneliness and the inevitable anxieties borne out of solitude.
“They could act as surrogate romantic partners, provide sexual outlets and reduce risks associated with human sex.”
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