Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

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The march of science

Man’s relentless desire to– oh, never mind.

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… cites a confidential Nasa report on a space shuttle mission in 1996. A project codenamed STS-XX was to explore sexual positions possible in a weightless atmosphere.

Twenty positions were tested by computer simulation to obtain the best 10, he says. “Two guinea pigs then tested them in real zero-gravity conditions. The results were videotaped but are considered so sensitive that even Nasa was only given a censored version.”

Only four positions were found possible without “mechanical assistance”. The other six needed a special elastic belt and inflatable tunnel, like an open-ended sleeping bag.

2 Comments

  1. That’s wonderful.

  2. Sounds like they should work on artificial gravity first…

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