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Has NASA (or any other space agency) determined if human eggs can be fertilized in space (specifically in zero-gravity settings)?

Asked by elbanditoroso (33307points) 3 weeks ago
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I read last week that there is some doubt if human kidneys would perform properly on space travel to Mars. (see this article) – which places some doubt about how long term space missions would take place.

Along the same lines: for long duration space travel – has there been any research on whether human eggs will successfully be fertilized in space? In low gravity or no-gravity situations?

Would that be an impediment to exploring other planets and galaxies?

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Hopefully we’ll have the technology to create artifical gravity in the craft. Like Star Trek

LadyMarissa's avatar

I seem to remember a documentary on one of the space stations where the female astronaut commented that astronauts were not allowed to have sex in outer space. They had a married couple within their group & they were never sent up together in order to keep them from being tempted to test the subject. So, I don’t know if they have the definitive answer or only their theory. The beds in the sleep pods were strapped to the wall, so it looked like it would be a less than ideal way to do things.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t know if they tested it. They could do experiments in vitro unless they deemed it unethical.

I would guess a fetus would not grow normally in less gravity, but that’s just a guess.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

I doubt it’s possible to have an erection in space.

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