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Is there sex on Mars?

Space travel has been full of ’firsts’: there's been the first man, the first plant, the first dog and the first photo taken in space. But has anyone actually ’sealed the deal’ in space? It’s a subject perhaps too astro-naughty for NASA to pass comment on.

But not so for The Journal of Cosmology, which has published a special issue about a manned mission to Mars, which includes a chapter entitled ‘Sex on Mars.’

The chapter, written by Dr. Rhawn Joseph from the Brain Research Laboratory in California, discusses the possibility of the first child being born on the red planet, making the child the first real Martian.

The journal estimates that a Mars expedition would take at least two years to complete – a long time to go without nookie.

‘Human beings are sexual,’ said Joseph. 'They think about it a lot. So if you’re on a trip to Mars, it’s going to be dark out, you’ll be in a long period of isolation, and there’s not going to be a lot to do. There’s a definite possibility that it could happen.’

The chapter talks of the effects of anti-gravity on menstruation and fertility, as well as the significance of a child born on Mars. Joseph believes that if it’s possible to give birth on the red planet, then it could give rise to a breed of real ‘Martians’.

‘On Mars, the light’s going to be different, the gravity will be different, it’s a completely different atmosphere,’ Joseph said. ‘So if you put an infant on Mars, they would adapt to varying degrees of the new environment.’

‘And after several generations, you’d have a new species,’ he said.

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