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Sex in space: what NASA said in its most important study on the subject

Sexuality is a central aspect of being human and is related to emotional well-being. In addition to the act in question, it encompasses identities, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy, reproduction, and sexual orientation. For this reason, some researchers begin to wonder what will happen when man leaves the planet and we have to get intimate in space.

For a decade, space agencies and private companies in the sector, such as NASA and SpaceX, have aimed to colonize Mars and send humans into space for long-term missions. But still need to address the intimate and sexual needs of astronauts or future inhabitants outside the Earth.

In view of its importance, a new discipline called space sexology which, they say, should be fundamental if one thinks about the interplanetary expansion of the human race.

Pierre Kohlera well-known French science journalist, published a book in which he said that NASA had launched a project to study what it would be like to have sex in space.

The subject was addressed by the cinema in the 2016 film Passenger.

According to Kohler’s own testimony, NASA engineers had studied all possible sexual positions and, thanks to various simulations, they had selected twenty positions. Of all of them, only four were viable in space without some kind of mechanical support.

It is proven that sexuality is experienced and expressed through thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviors, practices, roles and interpersonal relationships. Sexuality can include all these dimensions are freely expressed.

“I think at some point we will have to address the issue of sexuality in space,” said Paul Root Wolpe, director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University and a bioethicist, a few years ago.

Space and sexual abstinence

Human relations, keys to building civilizations in space.  Photo Shutterstock.

Human relations, keys to building civilizations in space. Photo Shutterstock.

What would happen during a space voyage, where people must live together, for a minimum period of 6 months, in a spaceship that will take them to an icy world, where the Sun’s rays arrive with less strength and intensity? How is this going to impact physically, mentally, emotionally and socially?

As aerospace engineers develop ships capable of high speeds, researchers say they will also have to learn to reproduce safely and build pleasurable intimate lives in places that don’t have terrestrial conditions.

Because ultimately rocket science can take people into outer space, but they will be human relationships that determine whether it will be possible to survive and achieve the status of space civilization.

That is why researchers exploring the psychology of human sexuality and studying the psychosocial aspects of human factors in space believe it is time for space programs to embrace a new discipline: space sexology, the comprehensive scientific study of alien intimacy and sexuality.

Simon Dube and Dave Anctil are two Canadian researchers who have offered a possible way out. They have published an investigation in which they request the use of those known as ‘erobots’ to satisfy the carnal needs of the protagonists of the missions.

The robotics of eroticism is an emerging transdisciplinary that studies the interactions between humans and robots and how they relate.

The term encompasses all virtual artificial erotic agents and the technologies that have produced them, such as sex robots, erotic chatbots or virtual or augmented reality couples.

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