According to Kris Lehnhardt, an assistant professor at George Washington University, if we want to attempt long haul space travel, or even one day colonizes Mars, then we really need to study sex in space. A “real concern” he called it during an Atlantic Live panel recently, that we haven’t even considered yet.
Although there are many challenges maintaining human life over the course of longer and longer space missions —maintaining good mental health, combating radiation, providing food sources to name a few— yet no one has taken to studying the human life cycle.
“Something we really don’t know about is a human reproduction in space,” Said Lehnhardt to the panel audience.
Lehnhardt added: “If we’re talking about colonization, there’s a key component to colonization that makes it possible and that is having babies and this is something we have frankly never studied.
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