(ORDO NEWS) — NASA finally decided to look into the matter to see if humans can safely breed on long-term missions.
National space agencies and private space companies seem to avoid the possibility of intercourse on long-term crewed space missions. NASA called for the intimate and sexual needs of astronauts to be the first inhabitants of the space colonies they are planning to study.
Many have expressed fear that exploring the possibility of intercourse in space will determine the success of space colonies and the expansion of humanity in space.
They said it was important to know if it was safe to breed and build a pleasant intimate life in space. But this would mean that space organizations would have to treat humans as beings with needs and desires.
Intimacy and sexual relationships are a part of human life that some scientists say should be discussed as space agencies plan long-term crewed missions to the International Space Station (ISS), Mars, the Moon and beyond.
They noted that it is one thing to send orbiters and rovers to other planets, and another to send humans to live in space for the long term, EarthSky reported.
Psychology researchers at Concordia University argue that studying the psychosocial aspects of human factors in space is important and that it is time for space programs to embrace a new discipline called space sexology. This is a comprehensive scientific study of intimacy and sexuality in space.
They believe limiting intimacy in space could compromise the mental and sexual health of astronauts and lead to reduced crew productivity and mission success. To date, few breeding studies have been limited to the effects of radiation and micro- and hypergravity on rodents, amphibians, and insects.
But due to taboos and conservative views, some organizations ignore the importance of this new discipline. They believe that the lack of foresight can lead to problems in the future.
They encourage space organizations to develop space sexology as a scientific field and research program to develop systems, habitats, and training programs that allow off-Earth intimacy.
NASA is open to research exploring safe reproduction in space
Simon Dube, a psychologist at Concordia University, told Mic that no research has examined human intimacy and sexual function in space or space counterparts, or how it might affect crew performance.
But after years of dodging the topic, NASA has finally said they are open to the idea. They stressed that they are now more concerned about the health and safety of crew members who will be sent for longer periods into space, according to the New York Post.
The space agency’s space research program is currently working to mitigate the dangers of space flight for astronauts.
They said they were ready to conduct an in-depth study of reproductive health in space in the future, if required.
For example, the Daily Star reported that there have been questions about whether it is possible to conceive and give birth in space, since no one knows if intercourse can be achieved in zero gravity and how fluid physics and its underlying mechanics will work.
Astronomer and physicist Dr. John Millis said male arousal could be a problem in space. Vaginal moisture is another problem because fluid will most likely just remain in the area of secretion due to the lack of gravity. However, both are still possible and will not necessarily stop arousal, although it can be annoying.
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