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Thrusters on full: Sex in space

Anybody who has seen Barbarella or Flash Gordon will know that space is a sexy place, populated with lustful aliens and new possibilities.

But having a sex life in space is not as straightforward as Hollywood suggests, and would represent a giant leap for mankind. With Earth’s resources diminishing, humans need space. They also need sex, and the species’ survival may depend on erotic breakthroughs on these, the big questions:

Has anyone had sex in space?

Nobody’s admitted it, although cheeky California scientist Dr. Rhawn Joseph says there are rumours of a couple “sealing the deal” on the International Space Station. In 1991, Jan Davis and Mark Lee became the first married couple to fly together, breaking NASA rules designed to keep team harmony, but they are believed to have resisted temptation.

Is it even possible?

“The fantasy might be vastly superior to the reality,” says spoilsport NASA physician Jim Logan, pointing to motion sickness and the “messy environment” it would create. In 2000, French science writer Pierre Kohler claimed that NASA had been testing zero-gravity sex in different positions but it was revealed to be a hoax. NASA says it has never conducted any such research but is not against sex in principle, as long as astronauts have “a constant commitment to honourable behaviour.”

What is the best space-sex tech available?

Probably actress/writer Vanna Bonta’s “2 Suit,” which uses light, flexible material that a couple can share playtime in. “Sex in space is not just a good idea, it’s survival,” said our hero. Real-estate billionaire Robert Bigelow is also ahead of the game with his Genesis prototype space hotel.

Could a baby be born in space ­— and would it be human?

Yes and no. “If you put an infant on Mars, they would adapt to the new environment,” says Joseph, a neuroscientist. “And after several generations, you’d have a new species.”

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