NASA sends sperm into space for human reproduction study

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Don't lie, the question has crossed your mind before.

The experiment could also offer new insights into the ways long-duration spaceflight will influence human reproduction.

It's perhaps worth noting that the current ISS crew of six men may have had alternative methods for acquiring a whole bunch of human sperm that would have been cheaper than hitching a ride on a multimillion-dollar space launch, but it's understandable why the space agency didn't go that route, if for no other reason than the limits of what can be reasonably demanded in even an outer space workplace. As luxury space hotels and long-term Mars missions become a reality, so too will people who make babies (or at least try to) in space.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in a first, is conducting a study to decode more how tiny sea creatures affect the climate of Earth. Before this can happen, the sperm cell must be activated to start moving.

Sperm being prepared for launch.

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As per the reports, the mission will be dubbed with micro-11 which technically began on 1 April, when NASA sent frozen human and bull sperm on board a Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS. Studying reproductive biology in space is useful because the unique environment of microgravity can reveal processes and connections not visible in gravity on Earth, it explained the rationale behind such step. "Delays or problems at this stage could prevent fertilization from happening in space", according to NASA's web site.

After thawing and activating the sperm samples, researchers will use video to assess how well the sperm move in the adverse conditions of space.

That schedule will limit TESS's ability to spot repeat transits, except for those planets orbiting closely around red dwarf stars, however by scanning almost all of the space around us, it still has a chance to pick up thousands, to tens of thousands of transiting planets during its initial 2-year scan, and possibly things that we cannot even anticipate at this time. Scientists also showed that aquatic invertebrates were able to successfully reproduce in space back in 1998: snails and water fleas were able to continue life-cycles within a water-filled tank during a four-month trip aboard the Mir Space Station.

Actor will Smith made one of the most important steps for humanity and forever inscribed his name in history by carrying out the first stream with an astronaut global space station Instagram. In other words, having sex aboard on ISS and examine how the sperm squirm in weightlessness - is their plan. Can humans survive giving birth in microgravity? But let's take it slow.

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