No sex please, we're astronauts: NASA commander

Jun 28, 2010

There is no room for romance on board the cosy confines of the International Space Station, a NASA space shuttle commander said Monday when asked what would happen if astronauts had sex in space.

"We are a group of professionals," said Discovery commander Alan Poindexter during a visit to Tokyo, after a reporter asked about the consequences if astronauts boldly went where probably no others have been.

"We treat each other with respect and we have a great working relationship. are not ... an issue," said a serious-faced Poindexter. "We don't have them and we won't."

Poindexter and his six crew members, including the first Japanese mother in space Naoko Yamazaki, were in Tokyo to talk about their two-week resupply mission to the .

The April voyage broke new ground by putting four women in orbit for the first time, with three female crew joining one woman already on the station.

Sex in space may appear out of bounds, but astronauts have been known to succumb to earthly passions.

In 2007 former astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak allegedly wore adult diapers when driving hundreds of miles across the United States without bathroom breaks to confront a suspected rival in a romance with a fellow astronaut.

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panorama
4.7 / 5 (3) Jun 28, 2010
In 2007 former NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak allegedly wore adult diapers when driving hundreds of miles across the United States without bathroom breaks to confront a suspected rival in a romance with a fellow astronaut.


What does this have to do with the subject of the story? They weren't in space when she showed up with plastic sheeting and shovels in the trunk of her car and just "wanted to talk".
hard2grep
not rated yet Jul 01, 2010
I think that the author has successfully curbed my appetite for space smutt. Good Job!
I have often wondered why they have not sent monkeys or dogs to the space station. Of course 0-g around a pretty lady would probably wreak havoc on the environmental system...
denijane
not rated yet Aug 08, 2010
That's stupid.
Astronauts should have sex in space if they want to. There's no problem being a professional and being a human in the same time. Soldiers do have sex and it's more or less ok. The risk doesn't come from sex itself, it comes from irrational decisions based on getting obsessed with someone. If they are that professional, they won't be in trouble with that.
And who said sex must be connected with love in any way. They are all adults, if everyone agrees, they can just have fun.
And I don't believe they don't have sex there AT ALL! If they are not on some medication, there is no way you can stop healthy humans from having sexual desires.
yyz
not rated yet Aug 08, 2010
I wonder what what's really behind China's decision to only recruit female astronauts(taikonauts) who are married and have a child: http://www.time.c...,00.html

Officials in China have said this is to ensure/protect the reproductive ability of female astronauts (in the radiation environment of LEO), but studies have shown that male astronauts are at more risk (of sperm damage).
denijane
not rated yet Aug 08, 2010

Officials in China have said this is to ensure/protect the reproductive ability of female astronauts (in the radiation environment of LEO), but studies have shown that male astronauts are at more risk (of sperm damage).

Yeah, but men can freeze sperm before the flight and then to have healthy babies, while for a woman that procedure is in the least very unpleasant. And men don't give birth so...
I only don't understand why the women should be married. It should be enough if they have children and they live with the father of the children.
yyz
not rated yet Aug 08, 2010
"I only don't understand why the women should be married."

"Zhang Jianqi, former deputy commander of the country's manned space program, has stated that the requirement stands because married women are more physically and psychologically mature."(from my link above)

Given the long tradition of marriage in Chinese society this probably won't change soon. Doesn't fit the party line. But, I agree, that doesn't make it right.

Some other interesting requirements for taikonauts(male & female):

"Chinese astronauts cannot suffer from chronic sore throats or runny noses. They mustn't have food restrictions, strong regional accents, ringworm, cavities or scars. Bad breath, body odor and a snoring problem are all immediate disqualifiers."

Guess their looking for the right stuff. ;)

denijane
not rated yet Aug 08, 2010
"strong regional accents, ringworm, cavities or scars. Bad breath, body odor and a snoring problem are all immediate disqualifiers."
ROFL! I can understand some of them, but what about strong regional accent? If they can understand and be understood enough to become astronauts at all, then what's the problem taking them to space :)