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No Space Porn (For Now)

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the perpetual-virgin-galactic dept.

Space 260

With the entry to sub-orbital flight, and even orbital flight, becoming ever so slightly easier, the obvious thought of space porn kicks in. Who wouldn't want to see two or more people going at it like rabbits in a weightless environment (or at least trying to go at it like rabbits in a weightless environment)? Sadly, Virgin Galactic has turned down a $1 million offer to do just that. The offer was made by an unidentified party who was willing to put the money up front to do a space porn movie. Considering that a flight aboard VG costs $200,000 for a two-hour flight, $1 million doesn't seem too bad. Though how much you could actually do and perform in two hours is debatable. And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?

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Still waiting for... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239335)

Two girls, one spaceship.

Re:Still waiting for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239555)

a free preview here [alienporn.net]

Re:Still waiting for... (4, Funny)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239563)

It was gross enough when it was just a tiny little cup. If you expect two girls to fill a whole spaceship, those are going to be some big girls.

Re:Still waiting for... (5, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239611)

Considering what you are talking about, I don't think you are being NEARLY vague enough. Somebody might actually figure out what you are talking about.

Re:Still waiting for... (5, Interesting)

SimonInOz (579741) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239963)

You know, I didn't think anybody remembered "Two Girls Two Catamarans"

(And in case you didn't, it's about a maverick sailboat designer who builds a cat and duly sails it across an ocean with the 2 girls - actually I think he did it twice, with 2 different boats. Not sure if it was 2 girls each time or not. Anyway, This was James Wharram in the 1950s, before sailing carts were even believed in at all [obviously the Micronesians didn't count. Obviously]. He went on to have a happy life building and designing cheap sailing catamarans with his partner. Their plans always had (have) sweet drawing of naked girls sitting about on said cats. And he is still at it).

The book is out of print, sadly, See Wharram (http://wharram.com/sales/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=73)

Re:Still waiting for... (3, Insightful)

dziban303 (540095) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240179)

There is some evidence that NASA et al has had astronauts have sex in space, all in the name of science, of course--so I think exoatmospheric porn has already been made. Personally, I doubt there would be enough traction to grind effectively without the use of straps or (interesting idea?) bungee cords. Although the money shots would be pretty cool: bukkake from across the room--er, module? C'mon, who wouldn't pay $20 to watch "catch the cumwad in your mouth from the other side of the Destiny module"? Besides--what else are future astronauts supposed to do on the multiyear journey to Mars? Play checkers? Just imagine the inclusion of high doses of ecstasy in that environment. They could grow flawless crystals of MDMA in microgravity and chow down like it was MSG.

Gah (3, Funny)

gilgongo (57446) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239337)

There was a time when sex was interesting. Now it's just boring.

Re:Gah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239681)

There was a time when sex was interesting. Now it's just boring.

You really ought to try the real thing.

Re:Gah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25240351)

That's not sex, that's masturbation. And if that's boring too, you still aren't doing it right!

Who are you kidding Smooth Wombat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239343)

You'd be done by liftoff.

to boldly come (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239803)

where no man has come before

/obvious

I know why they turned it down (3, Funny)

Talgrath (1061686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239349)

Think of the mess that a facial would make in zero-G environments...the whole ship would be all sticky.

New Title (5, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239351)

Zero-G-Spot

Re:New Title (5, Funny)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239455)

Sometimes Virgin just isn't interested in sex.

Re:New Title (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240163)

Sometimes Virgin just isn't interested in sex.

Ha. Haha! Yeah, don't you remember being a virgin? The only people who aren't interested in sex are those who are bored of it.

Re:New Title (3, Funny)

Si-UCP (1359205) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240305)

Sometimes Virgin just isn't interested in sex.

Ha. Haha! Yeah, don't you remember being a virgin? The only people who aren't interested in sex are those who are bored of it.

Your sentence implies that the large majority of Slashdotters have lost their virginity.

re-write (4, Funny)

globaljustin (574257) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239363)

>And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?

This is porn, right? You could write that into the script!

Re:re-write (4, Funny)

The_Rook (136658) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239579)

>And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?

heh heh - you called them actors.

Re:re-write (1)

dimethylxanthine (946092) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240101)

>And what if one or more of the actors gets sick? Would be two birds - one shot gun - that would get the 'unidentified party' one extra SCAT episode practically free... as in... well. Think about turning lemon into juice...

Re:re-write (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239603)

>>And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?
>This is porn, right? You could write that into the script!

There's a script?

hah (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239367)

And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?

then it'd just be recategorized at the site/store

Duh (4, Funny)

jdc180 (125863) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239383)

Virgin Galactic would have to change it's name!

Re:Duh (5, Funny)

svnt (697929) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239429)

I dunno, Galactic Whore has a nice ring to it.

Re:Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239529)

Let's leave GW out of this.

Re:Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239657)

Sorry, your mom has already taken that title.

This is Porn right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239437)

They have two hours...this is enough time to film 3-4 movies!

#1 develop private space flight
#2 include sex
#3 PROFIT!

Trying to avoid funny remarks... (1)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239445)

Why not just use a zero-G environment on the ground?

Re:Trying to avoid funny remarks... (2, Insightful)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239545)

Uh... where on earth is there zero gravity... on earth? Underwater is apperantly hazardous to women's heath. In one of those skydiving simulators could be interesting, albeit noisy, and getting chapped would be a concern for me anyway. While actually skydiving has definitely been done.

Anyway, duh: SPACE: the final frontier! To boldly go where no man has gone before!

Re:Trying to avoid funny remarks... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239663)

To boldly go where no man has gone before!

To boldly come where no man has come before

There, fixed that for you

Re:Trying to avoid funny remarks... Heath? (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240161)

"Underwater is apperantly hazardous to women's heath."

I suppose you meant "health".

But, one could substitute "hearth", in which, given the topic now, could be her "oven".

Now, thinking of Alien, can we now say of Virgin Galactic's move, "In SPACE, no one will see you STREAM" (stream being whatever you want in the context here...).

As for dealing with the possibility of an actor coming down sick, plan ahead. Sex flights could be expensive, and messes (human discharge of various types) would be an onerous thing to clean up. So, contract out a job to design durable, ultra transparent bubbles. They can have vacuum hoses, intermittent water-washdown/wash-in, and air recycling. This could keep the air clean in the bubble, such the fluids out of the bubble, and keep it clean for the camera.

I remember listening to NPR a few weeks back, with two producers who are popular (damn me for i cannot recall the tv production of theirs that is VERY popular...), and both of whom started out in the porn industry, filming porn, that is.

One of them said, "If TV delivered the sense of smell as part of the product, no one would go watch another porn video again." He said that because he once had a shoot which lasted like 11 hours, and the set was FILLED with odors and messes of various sorts. Didn't say whether or not they considered or actually used fans to blow the farts and other odors off-set...

Re:Trying to avoid funny remarks... (4, Informative)

Massacrifice (249974) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239609)

It's been done :

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0310288/ [imdb.com]

"Nick Lang and Silvia Saint's sex scene was filmed in free-fall aboard NASA's "vomit comet", in order to simulate zero-gravity."

Re:Trying to avoid funny remarks... (1)

nbert (785663) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240387)

Gravity - the only force you can't avoid by shielding. So unless you do it all in free fall to create a similar experience you are pretty much stuck with space.

Btw: I remember someone produced a porn movie using parabolic flight when porn tried to go mainstream. Since I haven't heard of it again I assume that sex in free fall isn't as exciting as the illusion of banging the girl next door ;)

Not to worry... (1)

benburned (1091769) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239447)

Rule 34 will eventually prevail.

Re:Not to worry... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239649)

Rule 34 will eventually prevail.

Unless of course They happen to send up Rosie O' Donnel or an Anthropomorphic Animal.

Then Rule 34 will EPICALLY FAIL.

a lot can be done in two hours... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239467)

Though how much you could actually do and perform in two hours is debatable.

well, if it's anyone for the crowd around here they would only need 3-4 seconds, that is if they know what intercourse is already.

Performance (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239471)

"how much you could actually do and perform in two hours is debatable"

Are you kidding me? 10 minutes should be enough for everyone!

Re:Performance (1)

mapsjanhere (1130359) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240301)

actually you only have about 5 min of weightlessness. The guy better pop a viagra before they take off, or it will be the most expensive flop of film history.

New tag (4, Funny)

halcyon1234 (834388) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239477)

New tag: idlehasnopants

Re:New tag (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25240095)

Posting AC to stave off embarrassment.

Will someone please explain the whole "idle is pants" thing? I don't get it and I'm starting to feel more clueless than usual.

Space Porn Bloopers (1)

nawcom (941663) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239487)

Just think of it... simple doggy-style thrusting will make the woman run into the wall, cumshots will be a bitch to catch... I sure would love to see how hard it is for a woman to stay in the cowgirl position - she might need some handles to hang onto.

Re:Space Porn Bloopers (3, Funny)

apodyopsis (1048476) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239617)

she might need some handles to hang onto?


well the average slashdotter is probably in with a chance then...

Re:Space Porn Bloopers (1)

nawcom (941663) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239809)

Hehe... I know... as I previewed my handle comment I immediately thought of Ron Jeremy and his fatness.

Bah (4, Interesting)

Arthur B. (806360) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239507)

They can make weightless porn in a parabolic flight (the vomit comet) in front of a green screen. After that, adding a space background is piece of cake. Much cheaper than $1,000,000. Shit, have I just disclosed the best business plan on earth.

Re:Bah (1)

Whatsisname (891214) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239653)

One of the girls gone wild videos did that, but without the green screen.

I only know because I saw it on one of the commercials.

Re:Bah (1)

Arjun G. Menon (1362141) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239725)

Quote Wikipedia: "giving them about 25 seconds of weightlessness out of 65 seconds of flight". Hmmm, 25 seconds vs. 2 hours.

Re:Bah (1)

Zephiris (788562) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240193)

The article clearly states that they only get five minutes of weightlessness, out of the entire two hour flight. Even if they cap at the flight at the "tourist maximum" of 15 parabolas per flight, you'd still get 6.25 minutes. :)
Research flights offer 60-80 parabolas.
Tourist prices are roughly $5000 per person (or about $330 per person, per parabola).
Even if they charged extra to do a porno, you'd still be saving in the area of $950000, at least?

sick? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239517)

"And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?

two fetishes covered in one movie!

Two Words... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239535)

Vomit Comit

Now where did I put that file... (1, Funny)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239547)

Ah, here it is...

Oh, give me a locus where the gravitons focus
Where the three-body problem is solved,
Where the microwaves play down at three degrees K,
And the cold virus never evolved.

(chorus)

We eat algea pie, our vacuum is high,
Our ball bearings are perfectly round.
Our horizon is curved, our warheads are MIRVed,
And a kilogram weighs half a pound.

(chorus)

If we run out of space for our burgeoning race
No more Lebensraum left for the Mensch
When we're ready to start, we can take Mars apart,
If we just find a big enough wrench.

(chorus)

I'm sick of this place, it's just McDonald's in space,
And living up here is a bore.
Tell the shiggies, "Don't cry," they can kiss me goodbye
'Cause I'm moving next week to L4!

(chorus)

CHORUS:
Home, home on LaGrange,
Where the space debris always collects,
We possess, so it seems, two of Man's greatest dreams:
Solar power and zero-gee sex.

--Home on Lagrange (The L5 Song)
© 1978 by William S. Higgins and Barry D. Gehm

It's a movie, why wouldn't they fake it? (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239559)

Most of what they do is faked anyhow, wouldn't $1,000,000 buy enough flights in the vomit comet [wikipedia.org] to make a film? Sure you couldn't do it all in one take, but hey, that's what editing is for.

I'd turn it down too... (4, Insightful)

Bones3D_mac (324952) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239567)

The concept is just plain gross, and not because it's a porno. It's due to the fact that you'd literally have bodily fluids being ejected from the human body without the physical constraints we have here on earth. That means the entire interior of the craft this is was filmed in would like resemble a Jackson pollock painting under one of those black lights they use in sensationalist news reports about how gross motel rooms are.

"I can feel them moving!" - Peter Griffin

Re:I'd turn it down too... (2, Funny)

ral315 (741081) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239699)

Oatmeal? Spittle? Semen? This must be where Wilford Brimley was strangled by Bob Crane!

Already been done... sorry (4, Informative)

Peregr1n (904456) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239607)

I call Rule 34; zero-g porn has already been done, utilising parabolic flight aircraft;

http://www.space.com/sciencefiction/movies/uranus_experiment_000516.html

Surprise surprise, the title is 'The Uranus Experiment'.

Re:Already been done... sorry (1)

stonefry (968479) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240283)

FTFA:

"Insiders described the filming process as particularly messy from a technical and logistical standpoint."

2 hours? More like 5 minutes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25239645)

Although the flight may take two hours, the article says passengers are only weightless for about five minutes. Even with velcro suits [msn.com], I imagine it would take considerably longer than that just to figure out how to get the damn thing done.

Space Sex? (1)

billlava (1270394) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239647)

Does anyone know of any husband/wife pairs that have been in space together? Although they would not be the only ones who would have sex in space, they might be the only ones who would admit to it... Does anyone know if astronauts are hooking up in space at all? Does NASA have policies on this?

Semi-Bondage is a must (1)

PhetusPolice (934823) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239655)

Sex at zero-gravity must be done so that the two partners are bound to each other in such a way as if they were a wooden paddle and a pink rubber ball tied by a string. I can't think of it in any other way..
More people may be added so that we have a human-representation of Newton's Cradle in effect.
I am very eager to masturbate to this idea.

Darn it... (1)

jejones (115979) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239691)

A movie version of Ben Bova's "Zero Gee", or better still, the whole Kinsman saga, would have been great.

Like all new applications of technology (1, Redundant)

hey! (33014) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239705)

I'm guessing there'll be a few false starts in the space porn field.

The first examples are likely to be more humorous than erotic.

Two Points (2, Funny)

cephyn (461066) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239735)

2 hours isn't a problem. Porn movies aren't really known for their epic length. Well, not in minutes, anyway.

And so what if some actors get sick? You just make a different movie. There's an audience for everything (disturbingly)!

Niche porn (1)

kabrakan (13409) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239737)

"And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?"
There's a niche for anything when it comes to porn.

Girls Gone Whiled && Rule 34 (1)

Jizzbug (101250) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239745)

I think the Girls Gone Wild crew has already applied Rule 34 to weightlessness...

At least I've seen so late nights on Comedy Central.

Not surprising (4, Insightful)

evanbd (210358) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239755)

First, the flight may be two hours, but the weightless period isn't -- it's under ten minutes, maybe more like 5 (I haven't looked at their numbers recently). Also note that it's $200k on an 8-seat (6 passengers) craft -- so the normal fee for the whole craft would be $1.2M. He's offered less than the nominal price, for what is certainly a lot of extra work by Virgin and may have adverse effects on their publicity (or maybe positive, but I'm not the one making that judgement).

Also, we don't yet know whether they'll be requiring pressure suits. The craft has a double pressure hull, but that still means there are common mode failures possible. Originally Rutan said the double hull meant no pressure suits, but that was at a time when it wasn't clear that affordable pressure suits existed. As companies like Orbital Outfitters have begun to show that they can supply rental suits at reasonable prices (a few $k per person per flight -- custom tailoring included), Rutan has talked about maybe using pressure suits. Last I heard, the issue wasn't fully decided yet. If they do use pressure suits, they may be reluctant to allow unsuited passengers even at a price premium. (Note that the suit would be worn unpressurized with the visor up as long as cabin pressure held. I've seen the suits, and while they're not as lightweight as a t-shirt, they aren't bad either. We're not talking about Apollo-type space suits or anything.)

Then there's the regulatory headache. The craft will be an experimental aircraft, not a certificated one, and the tourists will be spaceflight participants, not passengers. The distinction may be semantic, but it's a very important one. Flying for commercial purposes rather than tourism may make it more difficult to get FAA/AST approval for the flight. If so, that would be a deal breaker regardless of any other concerns.

I've interned with XCOR Aerospace (a competitor of Scaled's); while none of this should be taken as official XCOR policy, I would be surprised if Scaled, XCOR, or anyone else was willing to do this any time soon. The headaches in safety, regulation, PR, and logistics are just too large, especially with no financial incentive. (Note that this would be difficult in XCOR's Lynx, as there's only one passenger and they don't get to remove their seatbelt.)

All of that said... I think it's wonderful to see this much interest in commercial spaceflight. I'd also love to see some space porn, if only to laugh my ass off at the awkwardness. I'm sure they'll find a way to do it eventually, and I hope it's sooner rather than later.

Re:Not surprising (1)

hobbit (5915) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239895)

Mod parent up! But what are you doing posting something so informative/insightful to idle?

Side Effects (1)

isBandGeek() (1369017) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239993)

Considering that a flight aboard VG costs $200,000 for a two-hour flight, $1 million doesn't seem too bad. Though how much you could actually do and perform in two hours is debatable. And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?

I think the PR side effects would cost more than what they make in profit.

May not be possible (4, Informative)

coolamber (755059) | more than 5 years ago | (#25239999)

According to an article in Wired, there has already been some Russian research done in this area:

From tfa [wired.com]
There are no dead man's sticks in space. And no matter how stressed anyone gets, they can't even enjoy a little release by manipulating their own joystick: One of the effects of weightlessness is reduced blood flow to the lower half of your body. The rumor in Star City is that many have tried in vain to get it up out there. "There vas top-secret program of this," Driga says. "But the man could not perform. Viagra vill not help."

So it may not be possible to perform in zero g, not enough blood flow to the lower extremities.

Please don't go there (1)

isomeme (177414) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240027)

And what if one or more of the actors gets sick?

Then you sell your video to a different niche market. One that I really, really wish I'd never found out about. Eccch.

hmmm (2, Informative)

Goldsmith (561202) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240045)

I seem to remember reading somewhere that it's extremely difficult (if not impossible) to get an erection during prolonged space flight.

MSNBC did a report on this subject back in 2006 (5, Interesting)

Milkyfresh (1041360) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240053)

The link:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14002908/ [msn.com]

My favorite quote from TFA

Woodmansee said sex would be "the killer app of space tourism ... because every couple who goes up there, or threesome or whatever their personal choice is, is going to want to try this."

TFA :

Outer-space sex carries complications
Experts say new devices and data would be needed to hit the zero-G-spot
By Alan Boyle
Science editor
updated 4:38 p.m. ET, Mon., July. 24, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Having sex in the weightlessness of outer space is the stuff of urban legends and romantic fantasy â" but experts say that there would be definite downsides as well.

Spacesickness, for instance. And the difficulty of choreographing intimacy. And the potential for sweat and other bodily fluids to, um, get in the way.

"The fantasy might be vastly superior to the reality," NASA physician Jim Logan said here Sunday at the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2006 conference. Nevertheless, Logan and others say the study of sex and other biological basics in outer space will be crucial to humanity's long-term push into the final frontier.

"Sex in space is not just a good idea, it's survival," said Vanna Bonta, a writer who blends romance with space travel and quantum physics in the novel "Flight."

Sex in the space environment has long been a source of rumor and speculation: Several years ago, one author claimed that NASA had conducted a study of sexual behavior during a space shuttle mission, sparking a quick round of denials. Today, NASA follows something of a "don't ask, don't tell" policy on the subject â" leading Logan to stress that he was not representing the space agency at Sunday's panel discussion.

The subject is coming to the fore again now for several reasons â" including next month's publication of a book by Laura Woodmansee titled "Sex in Space," as well as billionaire Robert Bigelow's plan to host research into animal propagation on his commercial space modules.

After all, sometime in the next decade Bigelow Aerospace envisions putting a hotel complex in orbit, "where people will probably be recreating and having sex," Bonta said.

Woodmansee said sex would be "the killer app of space tourism ... because every couple who goes up there, or threesome or whatever their personal choice is, is going to want to try this."

However, off-Earth romantics will have to cope with some practical challenges:
# Sex in space would likely be "hotter and wetter" than on Earth, Bonta said, because in zero-G there is no natural convection to carry away body heat. Also, scientists have found that people tend to perspire more in microgravity. The moisture associated with sexual congress could pool as floating droplets.
# The physics of zero-G make the mechanics of sex more complicated. Bonta said it was challenging even to kiss her husband during a zero-G simulation flight they took recently. "You actually have to struggle to connect and stay connected," she recalled. Partners would have to be anchored to the wall and/or to each other. To address that need, Bonta has come up with her own design for garments equipped with strategically placed Velcro strips and zippers.
# Although zero-G could be a boon for saggy body parts, Bonta said males might notice a "slight decrease" in penis size due to the lower blood pressure that humans experience in microgravity.
# Romantics will also need to guard against the type of motion sickness that space travelers often encounter, especially if they get too adventurous right off. "Save the acrobatics for post-play vs. foreplay," Bonta advised.

For all these reasons, Logan said spontaneous sex in space could be "a little underwhelming."

"It's a pretty messy environment, when you think about it," he said. "And for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. However ... I can well imagine how compelling, inspiring, and quite frankly stimulating choreographed sex in zero-G might be in the hands of a skilled and talented cinematographer with appropriate lighting and music."

When the crowd tittered, Logan added, "I'm not kidding: Sex in zero-G is going to have to be more or less choreographed. Otherwise it's just going to be a wild flail."

Bonta suggested that a honeymoon space hotel could offer specially designed environments to enhance zero-G intimacy â" for instance, "hydro rooms" filled with floating droplets of cool water or scented oil.

The issue of what happens after sex is, if anything, more crucial for those concerned about future generations of spacefarers. The animal studies conducted so far indicate that the "absence of gravity loading would cause all kinds of problems" for fetal development, Logan said.

For example, Russian studies with pregnant rats showed a 13 to 17 percent arrest in the development of nearly every area of the fetal skeleton in zero-G, he said. Logan also noted that the proper formation of neural connections â" a process that continues even after birth â" requires movement under gravity loading. Immune functions are also compromised in microgravity.

Logan isn't worried so much about the early weeks of pregnancy, but he said studies have shown that gravity should play a significant role for human fetuses after about 26 weeks of gestation.

"This has significant implications for the colonization of the solar system," he said. Multigenerational life might be impossible without at least some gravity.

As an alternative, future space settlers might create artificial gravity â" say, on spinning spacecraft like the wheel-like space station portrayed in "2001: A Space Odyssey."

How much gravity?
So how much gravity is enough? The one-sixth gravity of the moon, or the one-third gravity of Mars? So far, no one knows, Logan said.

"We still do not have an inkling of what the 'gravity prescription' is," he said. "Think of gravity as a medication. We don't know the dose, we don't know the frequency, and we don't know the side effects."

Cosmic radiation in the space environment is another worry surrounding fetal development in space â" and Logan said there may be a synergistic relationship between radiation and the ill effects of zero-G on the fetus. The unknowns are of such great concern that, given the current state of our knowledge, pregnancy in space would be "very dangerous," he said.

The efficacy of oral contraceptives in space is also a subject of concern, Woodmansee said, particularly because studies involving other types of medications indicate that drugs aren't absorbed as readily in space as they are on Earth.

Beyond the romance, more research
Logan as well as Woodmansee called for more research into how biological processes work in reduced-gravity environments â" not just in the near-weightlessness of the international space station, but also on research satellites that can reproduce one-third or one-sixth gravity. Only then can scientists figure out how much gravity will be required to keep space-dwelling romantics alive for the next generation.

"If you can't figure out how to 'bioneer,' you're not going anywhere," Logan said.

But if humanity can figure out how to live and reproduce in space, it would represent a giant leap â" not only for lovers, but for evolution as well, Woodmansee said. "Our children and our grandchildren, et cetera, will be space aliens," she said. "They will change how humans are. They will be different from us in some way. Maybe if we are really going to go into space, these are good adaptations, but they're going to be painful, I think, in any case. It's disturbing, but it's something that we need to think about if we are truly going to be a spacefaring civilization and settle the galaxy."

Done in 2 minutes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25240055)

I'm sure some of the nerds on this list could easily be done in 2 minutes. Even without girls.

You'd need straps or sommit ... (1)

archshade (1276436) | more than 5 years ago | (#25240067)

... because a thrust will push someone away from you and send you flying forward
I mean its just basic physics youd have to get the actors tied down
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