By Emer Scully For Mailonline. Women could be sent in to space with a selection of sperm ready to populate other planets, researchers say, as they test the effects of zero-gravity on semen. Frozen sperm could be transported in to space to 'open the possibility of creating a human sperm bank outside of Earth', say researchers at the Dexeus women's health centre in Barcelona. This could mean male astronauts are replaced by all-women teams in order to reproduce while in space. But further work is needed in order to fully understand the effect of space conditions and different levels of gravity. Frozen samples exposed to micro gravity conditions and those kept on the ground all seem to stay healthy, the researchers say. It comes after NASA published a paper arguing single-sex crews are best for cohesion and women are more likely to be co-operative.
Sex in space
Astronauts test sex in space - but did the earth move? | Science | The Guardian
In the story below, the Nasa report cited by Pierre Kohler proved to be a hoax. See this later explanatory Guardian blog: theguardian. US and Russian astronauts have had sex in space for separate research programmes on how human beings might survive years in orbit, according to a book published yesterday. Pierre Kohler, a respected French scientific writer, says in The Final Mission: Mir, The Human Adventure that the subject is taboo both at Nasa and at mission control in Moscow, but that cosmic couplings have taken place. Scientists need to know how far sexual relations are possible without gravity.
Women in Space Part Two, What’s Gender Got To Do With It?
In the story below, the Nasa report cited by Pierre Kohler proved to be a hoax. See this later explanatory Guardian blog: theguardian. US and Russian astronauts have had sex in space for separate research programmes on how human beings might survive years in orbit, according to a book published yesterday.
Sex in space is human sexual activity in the weightlessness of outer space. It presents difficulties for the performance of most sexual activities due to Newton's third law. According to the law, if the couple remain attached, their movements will counter each other. Consequently, their actions will not change their velocity unless they are affected by another, unattached, object. Some difficulty could occur due to drifting into other objects.