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Playboy Advisor: Has Anyone Had Sex in Space?
  • March 10, 2014 : 07:03
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Has anyone ever had sex in outer space? What were the results?

—G.S., Austin, Texas

Sex in space—the final frontier. NASA says no one has become a member of the 250-mile-high club on an American mission. The Russians are another matter. There has been speculation—but no proof—that sex occurred after an adventurous female cosmonaut joined the two-man crew of a Soviet space station in 1982. We’re skeptical, but that might be our patriotism showing. Space agencies in both countries have shied away from the topic, yet it’s becoming relevant now that missions can last months (a manned trip to Mars would take six months each way). Weightless sex would be a challenge—without restraints, a couple would drift apart as they pushed against each other. On the upside, as Arthur C. Clarke once observed in Playboy, “The absence of gravity would certainly make the more acrobatic performances outlined in the Kama Sutra less likely to invoke the urgent services of a chiropractor.” Gene Meyers of Space Island Group, which hopes to build a space hotel sometime sooner than later, says he expects the crew sent to build the $15 billion structure will be the first humans to copulate in space. The hotel itself will include “zero-gravity romance rooms, each with a window” and “the walls will be padded and elastic cords and harnesses will hang from the ceiling.”

What about masturbation? In its literature about the space shuttle, NASA points out that “the bathroom on the orbiter is a private room where the curtain is drawn, with a normal-looking toilet, a light over the right shoulder to read by and the hatch window to look down at earth.” The toilet includes a flex tube that uses airflow to pull urine (or come) into a receptacle. Unfortunately, NASA doesn’t provide specifics on the force of this airflow, or suction created by this tube—or how closely it fits the penis.

—R.B., Miami Beach, Florida

It is difficult to believe that at least a few astronauts haven’t yanked their emergency cords in-flight. Over breakfast, the cosmonauts aboard Mir would reportedly ask each other, “Dognal devushku?” (“Did you catch up with the girl?”) And a former NASA flight surgeon reported “anecdotal evidence” that arousal and ejaculation can occur in zero gravity.

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