We all wonder about it. It’s a natural impulse, after all. Besides, astronauts are out in space for months on end and there is no denying that they have downtime. But is jerking something they are known to get up to? Let’s find out!
So, do astronauts jerk in space? Astronauts may jerk off in space. However, it is increasingly unlikely due to the lack of personal space, a likely drop in testosterone levels in response to weightlessness, and the redistribution of blood to the upper body – making getting and keeping an erection increasingly difficult.
One thing is for sure, it’s not something that will ever be publically admitted by either a current or former astronaut.
It’s a personal matter after all.
And while it is unlikely NASA would ever comment on the matter either, they have been known to vaguely respond in regards to the duties of their employees:
Vague, but it does give off the impression that masturbation in space could occur.
And we all do have our needs that need to be met.
Or do we?
In reality, male astronauts are unlikely to have the same sex drive as the typical male down here on Earth.
Here is what one former astronaut had to say on life in space:
There’s a lot of hard work to do, food and diet really aren’t all that optimal and there’s a lot of stress, too.
So, just because an astronaut may have the opportunity to do so, does not necessarily mean they could, or would even want to for that matter.
For the most part.
There was an interesting interview in Men’s Health from another, a former astronaut, Mike Mullane.
He was quoted as sharing the following:
So erections, do, and can, occur in space.
But he did also go on to say the following:
So, those kryptonite erections probably didn’t last long.
And here’s another thing to consider.
What would happen in the aftermath of a successful jerk?
Well, the clean-up process would be particularly challenging.
Here is a video of an astronaut on the International Space Station explaining how spillages are cleared up in space:
I can therefore imagine, it’s not really worth the effort!
In reality, chances are an astronaut has likely jerked in space.
Whether it is a regular occurrence, enjoyable to do so, or even properly possible; well unless any astronaut ever publically discusses it, I guess we will never truly know!