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    Space Sex Is Serious Business – 538

    Space Sex Is Serious Business – 538

     

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    In January 1991, a couple of crazy kids got married. That these particular “kids” were in their late 30s, were astronauts, and were keeping their marriage a secret from their bosses at NASA only added to the romance. Mark Lee and Jan Davis met during training for a space shuttle mission and kept their relationship quiet long enough to ensure that it would be difficult to replace them on the mission, as NASA normally would have done under its then-unwritten rule that banned married astronauts from flying together. And so, in September 1992, Lee and Davis became the first (and, after the unwritten rule became a written one, possibly last) married couple in space.

    America had just one question for them. You know. Eh? Eh? Wink-wink.

    NASA says no humans have had sex in space. There’s nothing other than speculation to suggest otherwise. (Well, speculation and a vague sense that we would want to try it, given half a chance.) But you aren’t a total junior-high pervert for wondering. Sex — or, rather, reproduction — has piqued the curiosity of scientists, too. When they went to space together, Lee and Davis even spent some time artificially inseminating frog eggs for the greater good. (So, somebody got lucky on that trip. Sort of.)

    If the future of humanity is written in the stars, and if we’re really serious about permanent human settlement on Mars, then we need to know what happens when this basic biological function is taken beyond the confines of the planet on which it evolved. And this is about more than just sex. Experts say that whether and how reproduction works is just one of a number of medical and biological questions related to long-duration space travel to which we need better answers and more, more-diverse data. Right now, anybody who wants to take a human to Mars for a trip that would last a minimum of nearly two years is, in many ways, flying blind.

    The research on reproduction in space has been slow and underfunded. It’s happened in fits and starts over the course of 50 years. All told, at least five species — from amoebas to rats — have gone through the, er, act of reproduction while in orbit. Other species have spent part of their gestation in space or donated their space-altered sperm and eggs to science.

    The data that has come out of this research is not altogether reassuring…

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    More: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/space-sex-is-serious-business/

     

     


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  • Ferd Berfel (5249 posts)
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    1. Especially today

    March 14th

    National Steak and a BJ Day !

    http://www.steakandbj.org/

    …and you think you’re going to stop this simply by ‘pulling a lever’, in a booth, behind a curtain, every 2 years? - Know yourself. And if you need help with that, call the FBI. -  There is only ONE solution to this mess:  New Party !  
    • HubHeaver (243 posts)
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      2. unfortunately.

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      • Ferd Berfel (5249 posts)
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        3. LOL

        I guess too many people are checking up on the rules for this one :roflmao:

        …and you think you’re going to stop this simply by ‘pulling a lever’, in a booth, behind a curtain, every 2 years? - Know yourself. And if you need help with that, call the FBI. -  There is only ONE solution to this mess:  New Party !  
  • Aldroud (677 posts)
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    4. It is my understanding that, due to unfortunate fluid redistribution in the body

    that after a few days in space, men can no longer *ahem* achieve lift-off, so to speak.