"Nasa is talking about the chemical sterilisation of astronauts on longer journeys," Dr Armstrong said, in a talk discussing the problems that humanity may face in trying to reach the planets and, eventually, the stars.
Nasa yesterday was nonplussed by the suggestion.
"I haven't heard anything about that," said a spokesman at Nasa's Johnson Space Centre, where planning for the long-range trips announced by President Bush in January is being carried out.
But that denial may hide a reluctance, in a nation where the showing of a nipple on national TV provokes a religious outcry, to discuss the rather delicate subject of sex in space.
Originally posted by browha
What, forcing them to masturbate?
London, , Apr. 29 (UPI) -- A British scientist claims NASA is considering chemical sterilization of astronauts on lengthy space trips to avoid the issue of free-floating sex.
Speaking at a British Interplanetary Society symposium in London, Dr. Rachel Armstrong said intimacy was one of the many challenges the agency was addressing in anticipation of a three-year trip to Mars, where the six-strong crew would be likely to include two women.