It sounds like something you read off the spine of a book in the seedy science fiction aisle of a used book store: Sex in Space. Let’s admit it, we’ve all wondered, what if? And, has anyone ever tried that? Of course, now that we’ve ‘gone to space and done all of the other things,’ our imaginations wander.
In fact, it was asked of Space Shuttle Discovery commander Alan Poindexter point-blank in Tokyo. His answer?
“We are a group of professionals,” he said. “We treat each other with respect and we have a great working relationship. Personal relationships are not … an issue. We don’t have them and we won’t.”
In other words, Science trumps libido. According to the good people over at The Huffington Post, the question originated following a mission in April which had record four women in space at once. At the time, there were four women and four men in the International Space Station, and those dirty minds asked what everyone else was wondering.
The Guardian ran a report back in 2000 about science-writer Pierre Kohler’s discovery of a confidential NASA report, STS-XX, which was to ‘explore sexual positions possible in a weightless atmosphere.’ The report, intriguing as it is, was later revealed to be a hoax, though the question still stands. Wired.com ran a report more recently, which summarizes NASA’s basic claim on sex – which is and will be no, at least for the foreseeable future.
So for the truly curious mind, the best thing to do is find out the answer for yourself. With enough money, you can get to space yourself, or at least in one of those airplanes that brings you up to the higher parts of the atmosphere, and then drops a few thousand feet to give you the feeling of weightlessness. Of course, you’d have to move fast and be discreet. Otherwise, see what Virgin‘s spacecraft can do to help you into the 200-mile high club.