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Nasa missions to Mars difficult for human survival

While several Nasa missions have involved mixed crews, a secret report by the space agency suggests that missions to Mars could be all-female.

Speaking at a conference today, British astronaut, Helen Sharman, claimed that Nasa has filed a report that warns that male and female astronauts could get frisky during the one and a half year journey to the red planet.

The report claims that all-female crews would be the best option, as women work better as a team, and are less likely than men to fight over who is the leader.

Ms Sharman has never seen the report herself, but suggests that it was filed ‘some years ago.’

Speaking at a conference today, British astronaut, Helen Sharman, claimed that Nasa has filed a report that warns that male and female astronauts could get frisky during the one and a half year journey to the red planet.

The main issue to contend with in space would be the lack of gravity.

This would make it difficult for partners to stay in close proximity, and they would quickly drift away.

Bodily fluids would also quickly float away which could be messy., and could make it difficult for a man to get an erection.

In an article for Nasa, Lori Meggs, from AI Signal Research, said: ‘There’s no gravity to pull blood into the lower part of the body.

‘Instead, blood goes to the chest and head, causing astronauts have puffy faces and bulging blood vessels in their necks.’
Ms Sharman, who was the first British astronaut in space, was speaking at the New Scientist Live festival in London this morning.

She suggested that there had been an official Nasa study looking at the ‘impure thoughts’ astronauts may experience during a mission to Mars.

Ms Sharman said: ‘I did hear some years ago that there was a report.

‘Nasa has never released it, but it was done to see exactly the kind of crew makeup was necessary for the reason we have already alluded to.

‘It found that the crew should be the same gender: all men or all women.’

The journey to Mars is expected to take around 1.5 years, during which time astronauts will be exposed to high amounts of radiation.

If two astronauts were to get frisky, and the female fell pregnant, it is unclear what the effect on the baby would be.“It found that the group ought to be a similar sex – all men or all ladies.”

Every single female team would have been exceptional than all-male, the report is said to have closed, because of ladies’ predominant participation abilities.

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