Neil deGrasse Tyson on Sex in Space

“...bring a lot of leather belts.”

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Commercial space travel is right around the corner. A few companies already offer orbital and suborbital flights to the very rich, and, according to Futron, an aerospace and technology consulting firm, space tourism could become a billion-dollar market within 20 years. So as we look toward a future vacationing in the cosmos, it’s time to consider space’s impact on one of mankind’s favorite leisure activities, sex. Who better to ask than the man who People named the “World’s Sexiest Astrophysicist,” star of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Recently, when Tyson was taking caller questions on his radio show StarTalk, Ronnie T. asked, “Is there anything different about having sex in space?” According to Tyson, if you want to enjoy the benefits of gravity during sex you’d need a “rotating space station … you could create any fraction of gravity you want.” If you don’t have a rotating space station at your disposal, Tyson believes intergalactic bondage may be necessary. “Everything is different if you’re having sex in a weightless environment. You need things like straps … yeah, just bring a lot of leather belts.”