Would sex in outer space really be out of this world? Depends if floating in pools of sweat while velcroed to another person appeals to you.

Getting your groove on while in orbit sounds like a euphemism for something of a sexual nature taking place on Earth. But taking a closer look at a literal translation of the phrase, assuming “groove” is referring to the act of sexual intercourse and “orbit” is, well, orbit, and a reasonable question does arise: is sex in space possible? Is it already a thing? And would it be, in every sense of the words, out of this world?

The answers? Sort of, no and not very likely.

Physics and sex are very, very unlikely bedfellows, which is primarily why space nookie wouldn’t be the most pleasant of activities for the individuals involved. On Earth, gravity is a man’s true best friend when it comes to the required blood flow needed to attain an erection. In space, where weightlessness is the norm, it would take more than just an IV line pushing erectile dysfunction drugs into an astronaut’s body to overcome the problem. For females, their vaginal secretions would pool up in microgravity the same way sweat does, making the actual act of intercourse…unpleasant and uncomfortable.

What’s more, with all of the talk of humankind creating colonies in space one day, very little time or money has been spent on the feasibility of sex in space. NASA, like an old-fashioned grandparent who blushes when people start bragging about their “lightsaber”, just doesn’t like to talk about the topic. Traditional copulation requires physical closeness, and that’s another aspect of physics giving sex a hard time. So far, the best we’ve come up with are very unsexy fabric suits that basically velcro two people together in what would quickly become a spongy pool of bodily fluids. So for now, sex in space will have to be left up to the imagination.

Story by Jay Moon


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