Space Oddities


17 Responses to “Space Oddities”

  1. Steve Schnier says:

    @s Brainspore #3:

    Insert Zap Brannigan “Docking Maneuver” line here.

  2. ian_b says:

    I’m curious what effect long term zero-g has on hair growth and vision, and how it correlates to self-stemming.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As to two-person sex in space, Roach says she didn’t find any documented cases. There are lots of unsubstantiated rumors. Including one involving sex experiments in a zero G simulation. According to those rumors, it helps to have a third person to properly position the other two. AJ Jacobs

  4. JoshP says:

    I remember the position being referred to offhand somewhere as the ‘third dolphin’??? Heh.. Ben Bova wrote some good stuff on this whole topic.

  5. braininavat says:

    “Potential astronauts have to make 1,000 paper cranes” – They’re looking for factory workers! I nominate myself.

  6. Anonymous says:


    Nicely done.

  7. Brainspore says:

    Hell yeah! I’m just finishing “Bonk” and was wondering when her next book was coming out.

  8. salsaman says:

    Critical to study during cold war, in case of nuclear annihilation, if last two surviving human beings are Soviet hero– male and female Cosmonaut in Earth orbit– repopulation of planet top priority to ensure ultimate Soviet victory.

  9. sergeirichard says:

    OK yeah but have two people had sex in space yet? I ask of course for the obvious scientific reason.

    Huh? Have they, huh? Huh?

    • Todd Knarr says:

      My guess is “Yes, but it wasn’t a lot of fun.”. Between trying to find a place and time where you weren’t on the monitors and there wasn’t anybody else around (the shuttle and the ISS aren’t very roomy), the cramped spaces, bumping into things, the plain physical headache of staying together in free-fall where every move wants to send you two flying apart, and the general cruddiness (they still haven’t invented a really good zero-G shower), it’s probably one of those things that turns out to be more fun in the imagination than in reality.

      Of course, the astronaut corps tend to be young, healthy, physically active, highly competitive (if you aren’t, you don’t fight your way through the selection process) and trained to attack problems and find solutions to them. And we’ve had mixed-gender crews for along time now (not that they’re neccesary, they just up the odds of compatible pairs greatly). I’d be highly suprised if there *weren’t* an informal research program going on.

    • Brainspore says:

      Yes they have. Apparently it’s kind of tricky.

      • dbarak says:

        Just a quick search on Wikipedia, but nothing “in depth,” (pun intended). No substantiated cases of sex in space, although there is some speculation and at least one hoax. Interesting, though, is that a novelist invented a 2Suit designed for sex in space.

        • Brainspore says:

          I remember reading an old (and in retrospect probably unsubstantiated) article in which Jan Davis, half of the first married couple to go up on the space shuttle in ’91, finally broke her silence and discussed the logistics of space sex. Of course now I can’t find anything so I’ll retract my earlier statement.

          However… I am of the opinion that if that couple DIDN’T attempt entry into the 200-mile-high club then they seriously neglected their patriotic duty to dreamers everywhere.

          • TEKNA2007 says:

            I am of the opinion that if that couple DIDN’T attempt entry into the 200-mile-high club then they seriously neglected their patriotic duty to dreamers everywhere.

            Damn straight.

            If I’d been an astronaut on that mission, I’d have made sure they had whatever it took — time, privacy, velcro, bungee cords — a French maid outfit — to accomplish the mission.

            “Errr, negative, Houston, he’s unavailable at this point in time. He’s preparing for the re-entry maneuver.”

          • VICTOR JIMENEZ says:

            French Maid outfit is serious business… that and the bungee cords, because it´s f***** funny!

      • ian_b says:

        the enemy’s gate it DOWN.

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