Sex Would Lift Flaccid Space Travel: Expert
Hanky panky, champagne would boost funding: historian
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2009 6:03 PM CDT
The Space Shuttle Atlantis blasts off from Kennedy Space Center.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Why should flight attendants have all the fun? A respected NASA historian is proposing that astronauts too should join the mile-high club, Bloomberg reports. “Sex in space, now there’s an experiment scientists certainly want to conduct,” James Hansen declared in a lecture at the 100th Paris Air Show. “Great outer-space food and wine would be fine, too.”

Though logistical problems persist, allowing hanky panky and bubbly in space would motivate space enthusiasts to push for greater funds devoted to space travel. “We need a manned mission to Mars to make space sexy again, and that would cost $1 trillion,” Hansen says. “So the U.S. can bail out another failed bank or head to Mars. That’s the choice.”