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June 29, 2010

Sex in Space Forbidden

SEX/TECHNOLOGY - Sex in outer space is a big no-no according to NASA. Not for professional astronauts at least, but the growing number of "space tourists" may be wanting to give it a go.

Veteran NASA shuttle commander Alan Poindexter (seriously, thats his real name) says sex amongst co-workers in space is considered unprofessional and expressly forbidden by NASA. Astronauts are expected to focus their time on the mission and not on each other.

"We are a group of professionals," says Poindexter, insisting that respect and the serious job of being in space is not to be taken lightly. "We treat each other with respect and we have a great working relationship. Personal relationships are not ... an issue. We don't have them and we won't."

Poindexter admits astronauts have been known to fall in love on Earth, but denies any have ever managed to consummate their relationship in space. The only couple to be in space together was Mark Kee and Jan Davis in 1992.

An upcoming NASA mission later this year will have four female astronauts working together, including Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and three NASA astronauts

NASA has had mixed gender space crews since 1983, but maintains there has never been an incident of sexual escapades in space. Not yet at least.

There is however a Japanese space tourist company which is offering to marry couples in suborbital space flights. So zero gravity sex is probably going to be part of the deal.

If NASA or other space administrations ever get around to colonizing Mars or interstellar space exploration colonists will no doubt be expected to start having sex so as to spread the human race to other planets... especially on space flights that could last decades or centuries.

In such situations the biggest danger would be love triangles and murders in space.

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