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Laura S. Woodmansee is the author of Women Astronauts and Women of Space.
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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894959442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894959445
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Franklin H. Neal III on March 28, 2007
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Sex in space was a fun and interesting book to read. Once you get past the giggle factor, you realize that this book actually discusses serious issues to consider for long term habitation in space. We consider such topics as relations in space, as well the potential consequences of reproduction. What if a child was born in zero gee and lived his entire life with little or no gravity? These are the types of topics that NASA would be discussing if they were actually serious about long duration missions or colonization of other planets. Sex in Space is an interesting read and provokes a lot of thoughts and questions about our future in space.
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For the most part Sex in Space is an interesting look at the past, present, and future of its namesake, but suffers from a few issues. My main problems with it were that the author did not treat the topic seriously enough -her sexual possibilities section was written with an almost teenage level of maturity (almost meaning not quite as mature as)- and that she didn't do enough research. If one is going to mention an area of science or reference another book in a serious work of non-fiction, I find it a little insulting as a reader to have the author say "I didn't read it but I've heard that this book says..." If one hasn't read it, don't bring it up. Aside from that, I did learn a lot about the history of space travel and space politics. If the author had only taken the topic more seriously it would have been a great book.
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It's a titillating (pin intended) title, done in hot pink, so one would expect some confirmation(or not)of whether or not "the Act" has ever been done in space. But alas, in 136 pages,author Woodmansee can not find either documentary nor anecdotal evidence of anyone joining the 100 Mile High Club.

Men have been going into space since 1961 (Yuri Gagarin),Women since 1963 (Valentina Tereschkova),and the first flight of a mixed sex crew (Svetlana Savitskaya, Leonid Popov, Alexander Serbrov) in 1982. So, it is conceivable(there's that pun again) that the first orbital...uh..docking...occurred with a Russian Crew. And - while there is some conjecture, again, no positive evidence comes to the fore.

So, if not, why not? The Author notes the difficulty that many humans have in adapting to weightlessness,and to making love in a zero-G environment either in a crowded spacecraft or in the relatively spacious Shuttle. Questions like "who hangs on to what, when and how?" are covered using action figures (named Barbarella and Buck) in Chapter 2. Hugh Hefner has nothing to worry about from any of the illustrations.

But the book quickly becomes serious . Chapter 3 , entitled:"Making space babies:conception,pregnancy and birth" looks into aspects of space love that most people (men especially)haven't given much thought to(kind of like the saturday night bar scene on earth). Confirming the notion that Mother Nature has a sense of humor, Woodmansee notes that at least one Astronaut had erections occur fairly frequently during his three missions, but also noted that sperm motility suffers reduced levels.The problems of radiation effects on DNA during pregnancy are also reviewed. So far as is known,no pregnant women have flown in space. Yet.
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I liked this book. If we ever plan for real long enduration space flight with humans this is one piece that should not be overlooked.
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Evrything concerning space travel, its future, the effects on space travellers, how can astronauts adapt to space on long journeys is fascinating people. Sex in Space deals with the interrelationship of female and male astronauts and the posible effects on their babies whose lire began in Space, in a space capsule, space station.

Woodmansee revied all available literature on teh subject.
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