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Every kid dreams about being an astronaut at some point. The big silver suits, drinking Tang for breakfast, and of course, walking on other planets. What those kids might not have dreamed of, is what happens when astronauts get randy. In fact, NASA would tell you that no astronauts have ever had sex on a space mission. Really?
According to EconoTimes, one of the challenges inherent to space exploration and colonization is that opportunities for intimate relationships are limited. How many people can you really meet on a planet that only has a dozen astronauts on it? We’re guessing the answer is 11—which may not be enough options to find a soul mate—or even a sex partner. Even if one does find a partner, the risks don’t end there. Office breakups are bad enough, but in space?
In 2008, a NASA spokesman claimed that they don’t study sexuality in space. In fact, he seemed reticent to discuss it. Not surprising, given that Sally Ride was asked by NASA if 100 tampons would be enough for a week in space. For all their science knowledge, the fellas at NASA might not have actually passed 7th grade health class. Five years after NASA’s denial that they’ve even thought about sex in space, they were interviewing married couples for a sex-in-space mission.
Enter erobots—the word for artificial erotic agents like sexbots, VR sex partners, and sexy chatbots. Erotobotics appear to be an emerging multidisciplinary field involving research in human sexuality and tech. And you thought STEM classes were boring!
Academics are divided on the subject of erobots. Some say that sex robots and the like will diminish our capacity to form interpersonal relationships with biological humans. Others affirm that surrogate partners for astronauts reduce risk and offer healthy outlets for sexuality.
We’re no NASA scientists, but as far as we’re concerned, if humanity is eventually going to colonize space, addressing interstellar sexuality wouldn’t be such a terrible thing.