March 21st, 2013

Want to have sex in outer space?

It’s not been tops on my list, either.

And what’s more, this article says it can be hazardous to your health.

Although I must say I haven’t a clue what dangers they’re actually talking about. Can anyone decipher this?:

…[E]xperiments on mating plants by scientists at Montreal University show that weightlessness affects the way cells are transported inside living things, causing ‘traffic jams’ on the vital highways that connect different processes.

Although researcher Anja Geitmann said they could not draw any specific conclusions on the implications for animal – and human – sex in space, she added that intercellular transport is important in a variety of human cells.

Actually, I lied; I do have a clue. But I’m not sure it’s exactly the right clue.

10 Responses to “Want to have sex in outer space?”

  1. soupcon Says:

    If Mel Brooks hears of this, he might do a sequel called Space BlueBalls….

  2. david foster Says:

    Sex in *airplanes* can be hazardous to your health, too, if you’re the one flying the plane.

    Lawrence Sperry, inventor of the autopilot, took advantage of his invention while giving flying lessons to a woman friend in 1916. He engaged the autopilot and evidently gave his full attention to non-aeronautical matters. Either the autopilot failed or (more likely) it was accidentally disengaged, and the plane (which was a seaplane) descended, fortunately into the water. Neither Sperry nor his student (a well-known society woman) was wearing much in the way of clothing when they were rescued.

    Sperry reminded the NYT reporter of the paper’s slogan, “All the news that’s fit to print,” but one of the tabloids ran the headline:

    AERIAL PETTING ENDS IN WETTING

  3. Don Carlos Says:

    Ask Anja.
    A big So What, Who Cares.

  4. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Conception might be problematic in regard to how “cells are transported inside living things” but sex that does not result in conception would not.

    Astronaut’s bodily functions work fine in space. I’m under the impression that other than muscular atrophy, the various systems; musculo-skeletal system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, endocrine system, integumentary system, urinary system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system and nervous system appear to work fine.

    Weightless sex is certain to be explored and probably has already been by the adventurous and NASA medical experiments may already have been conducted.

  5. Lizzy Says:

    James T. Kirk begs to differ.

  6. southpaw Says:

    I didn’t understand a word, but I wonder if saggy boobs and butts look ok when you’re weightless?

  7. Richard Aubrey Says:

    Arthur C. Clarke supposed it would be terrific. Various fictional characters referring to it one way or another.

  8. Beverly Says:

    Well, HERE’s a blast from the past!

    Did anyone else see this? Wild — NASA engineers are test-firing an old Saturn V rocket engine!

    http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-testing-vintage-engine-apollo-11-rocket-222445500.html

    NASA has dusted off one of the old F-1 monster engines — actually got it out of the Smithsonian museum! and has test-fired the fuel pump. Now that may not sound like much, but the fuel pump alone had 55,000 horsepower!

    The engineers working on the engine weren’t even Born when its mates were flying. . . . They’re trying to reverse-engineer the Apollo technology!

    Saturn V Liftoff video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvWHnK2FiCk

    I’m old enough to remember the excitement of the 1960s space program. Well, as the old rocket scientists have said to me when I asked them what happened to our manned space exploration, “Who is Klaus Heiss?”

  9. Southpaw Says:

    Beverly,
    I read a book a couple of years ago about ancient technology, and one of the illustrations it used explaining the lack of recorded or lost information, (from past civilizations) was that NASA didn’t have any documentation about the Saturn 5 rockets, and nobody was alive who really knew how they worked. I thought it was odd, but also know engineers hate documentation and procrastinate. I guess there was some truth to the claim, but it’s also good to see that it wasn’t completely abandoned.

  10. RandomThoughts Says:

    Are you telling me the scene at the end of Moonrakerisn’t possible after all? Well there goes another piece of James Bond lore shot to smithereens…

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