That is, once they figure out how to address Newton's Third Law.
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Having sex in space doesn't come up as a serious topic of consideration very often. But as humanity attempts to travel deeper into space for longer periods of time, Russian state-run outlet Sputnik News reports that space agencies and space tourism companies may need to start taking it into account.
"Yes, it is possible," NASA clinical consultant Kira Bacal told Sputnik. "Humans have been having sexual relations in all sorts of weird and wonderful and odd places, I think, since our species began."
Bacal added that space travelers will be able to come up with all sorts of amazing new positions, but that they're going to have to have a primer on Newtonian physics first — otherwise they'll just float away from each other.
Of course, space missions are typically high-stakes and low-privacy, so any amorous astronauts would also face unique challenges beyond bouncing around in zero gravity. Space travelers will also need to face possible medical challenges, as well as the potential drama of picking and maybe breaking up with partners — who are also coworkers — in tightly confined spaces.
"I think that a lot of the libido and sex drive for many will be somewhat reduced by the other factors that we've talked about by being far from home, by having in most cases a fairly busy work schedule," Bacal told Sputnik. "You have moonlight, but it's not exactly candlelight. So, it's not a very romantic setting. And you simply may not have accessible mating candidates."
But that said, as space travel becomes more common and more ambitious, Bacal thinks that having sex off-world will become the new normal — even going as far as comparing the practice to the "Mile High Club."
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