RUSSIAN cosmonauts are refusing to hand over their semen to the Kremlin.
Moscow scientists say they’re struggling to find volunteers willing to provide samples of their little swimmers while living aboard the International Space Station.
Experts want to use the samples to examine how long periods spent in space affect our ability to make babies.
The government-backed study could help Russia and other spacefaring countries plan missions to colonise other planets.
But a Kremlin scientist revealed this week that they’d had no luck finding volunteers.
Speaking to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency, research boss Irina Ogneva said cosmonauts had politely “smiled and refused” when asked to produce samples.
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“We are constantly encountering obstacles of a moral, psychological and ethical nature,” Dr Ogneva said. “There are no willing people among the astronauts.”
The experiment is designed to study spermatogenesis – the development of sperm.
Scientists are collecting semen samples from astronauts before, during and after long space flights to compare the health of their little swimmers.
It’s the “during” leg of the voyage that’s causing the biggest problem.
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- The International Space Station, often abbreviated to ISS, is a large space craft that orbits Earth and houses astronauts who go up there to complete scientific missions
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- It is made up of many pieces, which astronauts had to send up individually on rockets and put together from 1998 to 2000
- Ever since the year 2000, people have lived on the ISS
- Nasa uses the ISS to learn about living and working in space
- It is approximately 250 miles above Earth and orbits around the planet just like a satellite
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Sex and masturbation in space is a logistical nightmare, with problems ranging from floating fluids to shrinking manhoods, according to US astronomer Dr John Millis.
He compared sex in space to having intercourse while “skydiving”, but added that it was “not impossible.”
Presumably cosmonauts had this in mind when Kremlin sperm scientists came knocking.
Dr Ogneva’s request “causes everyone to smile and reject,” she explained, adding: “There are no cosmonauts who want to.”
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