Sex in space: is it possible? and would it be fun?


In cleaning out my iPhone today – well, technically backing it up before I upgrade software (as I’ve had friends say that they’ve lost photos or apps in the transition) – I found a bunch of photos that I took with the intention of posting on MSP and somehow forgot. Over the next week or so, I’ll let you into this fun treasure trove – starting with a series of photos related to sex in space.

Several months ago, I caught a History Channel show about sex in space. Featured in the show was Vanna Bonta, a woman who is not the Wheel of Fortune letter turner but who has designed a special “2 suit” garment to allow couples to have sex in space by opening their space suits, velcro-ing their space suits together, and thus giving each other access to one another’s bodies. Hot, right? We’ll get to that in a second.

You can see Vanna and her husband in the above photo as well as in these demo photos in which they’re picture testing the “2suit” out in a zero-g simulation (that’s simulation, not stimulation) flight.

According to an MSNBC article about sex in space, there are quite a few challenges to overcome in regard to having sex in space such as more than normal sweaty skin, the issue of what to do with bodily fluids (they didn’t exactly say the phrase “money shot” but you can kind of tell what they mean), and changes to blood pressure (which can affect men’s erectile function). Plus the whole issue of how to get your bodies together and stay together – 2suit or otherwise, it takes some tricky maneuvering. Just look at the photos!

Then, even if a man and woman can have vaginal sex and they get pregnant, there are a whole host of other issues related to the safety or feasibility of sustaining a healthy, viable pregnancy in space. Star Trek and Star Wars should have provided more details on how this all plays out.

 Here they are going on their simulation flight.

The awkward moment where they undo their 2suits and get ready to velcro together. And no that is not her husband’s naked chest. It’s a nude body suit of some sort.

See what I mean about the difficulties involved in getting your two bodies together? I can imagine a lot of accidents this way – semen getting in one’s eye, for example, and much more penetrating of other crevices such as the underarm, underside of knee, and between the thighs, just because you probably take whatever you can reach. Not that any of those are poor relatives of the vagina, mouth or anus anyway – hey, it can all be fun under the right circumstances – I’m just sayin’.

More joining… yawn. Hopefully space porn will be more entertaining than this.

They get all kissy face, too.

Again, NOT her naked body. Just more velcro and un-velcro action with a peek of the nude colored body suits.

Bottom line: sex in space is complicated and not yet ready to be classified as hot.

 Unrelated (because, let’s face it, who writes about sex in space that often) but still interesting MSP articles:
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About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at

  • JK

    WOW :D Soon everyone is living on the moon. I read about it (posted link with my sign in) Vanna Bonta’s book Flight inspired a whole new kind of Eve.

  • JK

    WOW :D Soon everyone is living on the moon. I read about it (posted link with my sign in) Vanna Bonta’s book Flight inspired a whole new kind of Eve.

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