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NASA may soon be sending test subjects into a space mission for a whole new discipline called “sexology”, which involves sending humans on a mission to have sex in space. This idea came from a Canadian five-man team of academics who published a proposal calling on space organizations to explore the idea of space sexology to align with planned efforts of building off-world human settlements.

“No research has explored intimate relationships, nor the human experience of sexual functions and wellbeing, in space or space analogs, or how any of this can affect crew performance,” Simon Dubé, a psychologist from Concordia University explained.

According to MIC, the proposal is a push into understanding sex and how a low-gravity environment will play into the whole experience and desired outcome. Being that a growing number of scientists argue that sex is integral to human survival on long journeys, NASA seems a little more keen on the idea but is not seeking any proposals at the moment or considering establishing a project dedicated to it.

“We are primarily concerned with ensuring crew members’ health and safety in space for long periods of time,” a spokesperson from NASA said. “Should a future need for more in-depth study on reproductive health in space be identified, NASA would take the appropriate steps," the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, Bubé published research last year along with a team of experts that states there is a need to learn how to safely procreate and maintain pleasurable intimate lives in space the way humans do on earth. As intercourse involves bodily fluids that react to stimulation, physicists say the lack of gravity could affect male arousal as it would do the same for vaginal fluids.

The team of scientists voiced concerns on the impact of such long space voyages on astronauts being sexually deprived for long periods of time, being in an environment with restricted privacy, and having no access to intimate partners. While national and private space companies continue to push forward into deep space – deploying astronauts on long-term missions to the International Space Station, to the moon and as far as Mars without any real research on the human need for intimacy, is something that must be looked into.

“Love and sex are central to human life,” the experts said.

There are five hazards of human spaceflight that NASA oversees to ensure its space crew can work together and be emotionally prepared for a long arduous journey – but lack of sex is not part of these hazards.

Scientists say it is possible to conceive a baby and give birth between the journey from earth to the Red Planet, but no concrete studies on this have been done – not even on animals.

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