Romping in space is a “real concern” for astronauts, a top university professor in the US has warned.
It’s something we know little about — but is crucial if we ever want to colonise other planets like Mars.
During a recent Atlantic Live panel, Assistant Professor Kris Lehnhardt, from George Washington University, said that the topic needs to be addressed immediately.
He said: “It’s a real concern … something we really don’t know about is human reproduction in space.”
“If we actually want to go places and stay there, there’s a key component and that’s having babies,” he added.
It’s hard to imagine cracking on during a rocket mission, considering the lack of gravity. And space suits aren’t the most appealing when it comes to foreplay.
But during the long mission to Mars (something which Elon Musk hopes to make a reality by 2030) it’s likely to happen.
There are many things that humans need to prepare for before attempting long-duration space travel.
Combating the radioactive space rays beaming from the sun, keeping your health in good nick and maintaining your fitness are likely to be prime concerns for astronauts.
But sexual reproduction is probably the most important, according to Lehnhardt.
“If we want to become a spacefaring species and live in space permanently this is a crucial issue we need to address that has not been fully studied yet,” he said.
Earthlings might want to stick to the mile-high club.
A sexpert said that midair romps can actually give you better orgasms, as a result of the dip in atmospheric pressure that comes with being 30,000 feet above the ground.
The aeroplane setting is associated with a safe reduction of oxygen levels, which can excite the brain and create feelings of euphoria.