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Space Sex and Space Porn

What is it like to have sex in space? Nobody knows. (Well, unless NASA has been conducting juicy secret experiments that they haven't told us about. We'll get to that.) 

Venturing further into the great unknown has fascinated many of us, including Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, famous science fiction authors like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, astronomers and even NASA consultants. In trying to cross the final frontier, we are still frustrated--but some good news for space sex dreamers sprang up this week.

British celebrity rag The Sun is reporting that next year, the first porn star will blast off into space. She will be riding a private rocket, paying her own $100,000 dollar ticket to low earth orbit and completing her own training for the mission. Will the world finally find out about space sex? According to CoCo Brown, star of Big Booty Bomb 2, the answer is no. But wait, there is still hope, according to the article: "Maybe I'll pop my boob out and take a photo of it with the Earth in the background." The first space porn! 
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Although no porn has been made in space, erotic film has actually been produced in a weightless environment. As part of what must certainly be a four-star cinema epic, The Uranus Experiment Part II, a sex scene was filmed in a zero-g training aircraft. These airplanes carry humans up to a high altitude, then go down hard. The pilots power-dive, pointing the nose down and accelerating the engines towards the ground at 9.8 m/s/s, the exact pull rate of gravity. The walls of the craft are streaking toward earth at the same rate as the people inside are falling, so they experience apparent weightlessness. Obviously, the plane will crash very quickly if it is not pulled out of the descent, so a zero-g session is limited to about 20 seconds. Apparently the budget only allowed one(!) dive, so the rest of the zero-g sex is tragically fake.

NASA may have licked Coco, Uranus, and everyone else in this particular space race though. In 1992 space shuttle mission STS-47 flew into space with a married couple aboard. Mark Lee and Jan Davis had been married in secret just before the mission, and after they came out there was no time to substitute crew members. (Or so they want you to think.) NASA has since banned couples from flying missions together.

Reproduction in space has actually been studied, though not in humans. Rats and mice have been conceived in space. Fertilization took place successfully in near-zero-g conditions. However, the embryos were then grown in culture and implanted in donor mother rats. Results showed that the birth rate for these space-fertilized embryos was lower than earth-conceived embryos. Gravity also effects gene expression. You might be born with slightly different characteristics in space than on Earth.

The long and short of it: no space sex yet. However we may get to see the first space porn soon. One small step toward a giant leap for mankind!

(Image: CoCo Brown)

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