WASHINGTON - The US space agency is to find out with a series of experiments if making space babies is possible, which would be of crucial importance when the time to colonize planets comes. Elon Musk assists with his Space X rocket.
The International Space Station crew and researchers on Earth will help to determine how sperm behaves in microgravity to shed light on the ability to make babies in space. According to NASA <link>, a set of experiments for the Micro-11 project is to fill the existing gap, as it’s still unclear how long spaceflights influence human reproductive health, particularly sperm quality.
The project would hopefully shed light on the viability of conceiving babies in low gravity conditions. The research team claims that the inability to make space babies would endanger humankind in the likelihood that we have to leave our planet one day.
"As we plan to travel beyond the space station with thoughts of colonization on the moon and Mars and other heavenly bodies, the question of whether or not multi-generational survival can occur — not only in animals but in humans — is a very fundamental question that needs to be addressed," said Joseph Tash, a researcher at the University of Kansas Medical Center who is to check the sperm on Earth, cited by USA Today.
The lack of gravity challenges the ability to fuse an egg, although sperm can move more freely in weightlessness. “Delays or problems at this stage could prevent fertilization from happening in space,” according to NASA’s website.