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December 04, 2007

NASA Sex Tape

This NASA sex tape will not, I am sure, ever see the light of day (or the half light of darkened rooms, either). Seriously, there really is a NASA sex tape and no, it doesn't involve an astronaut driving across the country in a daiper.

Way back when, NASA needed to find out whether sex was in fact possibly in zero G. So they asked a lady astronaut and a gentleman astronaut if they'd be willing to make the beast with two backs while up there. We don't know how many they asked but they did get the volunteers they needed and thus they filmed it, making the NASA sex tape.

US and Russian astronauts have had sex in space for separate research programmes on how human beings might survive years in orbit, according to a book published yesterday.

Pierre Kohler, a respected French scientific writer, says in The Final Mission: Mir, The Human Adventure that the subject is taboo both at Nasa and at mission control in Moscow, but that cosmic couplings have taken place.

"The issue of sex in space is a serious one," he says. "The experiments carried out so far relate to missions planned for married couples on the future International Space Station, the successor to Mir. Scientists need to know how far sexual relations are possible without gravity."

He cites a confidential Nasa report on a space shuttle mission in 1996. A project codenamed STS-XX was to explore sexual positions possible in a weightless atmosphere.

Twenty positions were tested by computer simulation to obtain the best 10, he says. "Two guinea pigs then tested them in real zero-gravity conditions. The results were videotaped but are considered so sensitive that even Nasa was only given a censored version."

Only four positions were found possible without "mechanical assistance". The other six needed a special elastic belt and inflatable tunnel, like an open-ended sleeping bag.

Mr Kohler says: "One of the principal findings was that the classic so-called missionary position, which is so easy on earth when gravity pushes one downwards, is simply not possible."

The missionary position is not possible then, eh? Hmm. So I guess that the Southern Baptists aren't going to make it off planet then?

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I suspect you, The Guardian, and M. Kohler have been had.

Posted by: David Fleck | Dec 18, 2007 1:44:18 PM

Its too hard to believe that astronauts have not tried having sex in space.
The first astronauts were male, I wonder which one jerked off first - just try and convince me that none tried. Because they were all male for a while, I bet the next sex was gay - well if you were up there and there were only ther men and you were curious...
but now there are women, russians, asians, vodka - c'mon folks at NASA, for all of us stuck down here, please let us see some of the fun that goes on up there

Posted by: spaceman | Jul 28, 2009 2:57:22 PM