Rumours that Russian and US cosmonauts have been testing sex in
space were denied by Russian officials on Wednesday, the news agency
"There is no proof ... that on any mission cosmonauts had sex," the
deputy head of the Institute of Bio-Medical Problems, Valery Bogomolov,
told a news conference in Moscow.
"Cosmonauts, too, are regular people, but ... I have not heard about
any sex in orbit," he said.
The Russian scientist referred to an experiment conducted by the
institute, which researches space health issues by simulating flight
conditions on a mission to Mars.
Two weeks in isolation
Six cosmonauts, including a woman, had spent two weeks isolated in a
zero-gravity capsule, Bogomolov said, but "there were no complaints
over the absence of sex."
Speculation over sex in space has been rife since a woman first
joined the team of three boarding the cramped Soyuz rocket to the
international space station in 1982.
In 1991, US sweethearts Jan Davis and Mark Lee married shortly
before their joint space orbit, fuelling rumours in the United States.
The Russian institute appeared to be responding to a document widely
circulated on the internet about an alleged 1996 experiment carried out
by the US space agency NASA.
10 positions tested
The experiment allegedly tested 10 different positions, including
the help of elastic bands and other fastening devices, for optimal
"We do not have such experiments in our country," Bogomolov said. – (Sapa-dpa)