Saturday, October 25, 2008

That's not what came to mind when I read the header...

Depressed astronauts to find high-tech comfort:

Clinical tests on the four-year, $1.74 million project for NASA, called the Virtual Space Station, are expected to begin in the Boston area by next month.

The new program is nothing like science fiction's infamous HAL, the onboard artificial intelligence that goes awry in "2001: A Space Odyssey." The Virtual Space Station's interaction between astronaut and computer is far less sophisticated and far more benevolent.

In the project, sponsored by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, a recorded video therapist guides astronauts through a widely used depression therapy called "problem-solving treatment."

I was thinking more on these lines...
US and Russian astronauts have had sex in space for separate research programmes on how human beings might survive years in orbit, according to a book published yesterday.

Pierre Kohler, a respected French scientific writer, says in The Final Mission: Mir, The Human Adventure that the subject is taboo both at Nasa and at mission control in Moscow, but that cosmic couplings have taken place.

"The issue of sex in space is a serious one," he says. "The experiments carried out so far relate to missions planned for married couples on the future International Space Station, the successor to Mir. Scientists need to know how far sexual relations are possible without gravity."
People have wondered about it for a long time. Greatest therapy of them all....


Distributorcap said...

of course it is taboo in this country -- why shouldnt the fundies own NASA as well

and we wonder why there is all this pent up rage

ellroon said...

Why couldn't it have been a Frenchman who landed on Plymouth Rock first instead of the Puritans?