In late 2009 to early 2010, Virgin Galactic will begin taking tourists to the edge of the atmosphere. Anyone who can afford the $200,000 for the two-hour flight will be taken up in the White Knight Two aircraft from Sierra, NM. The White Knight Two will carry and release SpeceShipTwo which will climb to 62 miles in altitude. This flight will offer passengers approximately 5 minutes of weightlessness.
This week, in a move that we probably all saw coming, an “unidentified party” offered Virgin Galactic $1 million, up front, to film a sex-in-space movie aboard SpaceShipTwo. Virgin Galactic rejected the offer.
Although it seems pretty cool at first thought, sex in space will probably have a whole lot of downsides. Space sickness for one, and of course a host of free-floating body fluids. Fun.
Vanna Bonta, a romance in space writer and author of the novel Flight has said “Sex in space is not just a good idea, it’s survival.” She also lists some drawbacks to space-sex.
- Sex in space would likely be “hotter and wetter” than on Earth, Bonta said, because in zero-G there is no natural convection to carry away body heat. Also, scientists have found that people tend to perspire more in microgravity. The moisture associated with sexual congress could pool as floating droplets.
- The physics of zero-G make the mechanics of sex more complicated. Bonta said it was challenging even to kiss her husband during a zero-G simulation flight they took recently. “You actually have to struggle to connect and stay connected,” she recalled. Partners would have to be anchored to the wall and/or to each other. To address that need, Bonta has come up with her own design for garments equipped with strategically placed Velcro strips and zippers.
- Although zero-G could be a boon for saggy body parts, Bonta said males might notice a “slight decrease” in penis size due to the lower blood pressure that humans experience in microgravity.
- Romantics will also need to guard against the type of motion sickness that space travelers often encounter, especially if they get too adventurous right off. “Save the acrobatics for post-play vs. foreplay,” Bonta advised.
Although it’s only a matter of time before we see the first space-porn, it might not be as great as we (or I) thought it would be. I guess only time will tell because Virgin Galactic is only delaying the inevitable.