Ever since the first astronaut went to space almost 60 years ago over 500 people have blasted out of Earth’s atmosphere. They lived and worked in space at different times, but nobody’s ever been born there.
What if you were the first space baby to be carried aboard a space station? How would your young body develop in microgravity? And would you be able to visit your relatives on planet Earth?
Here’s what would happen if you were born on a space station. So what so different about being born in space anyway, no gravity. Well, in fact, gravity on the International Space Station is about 90% of strength as it is on the surface.
So why do we see astronauts floating around inside it? That’s because they’re actually falling. Let me explain Earth’s gravity is pulling the ISS down for the ISS is moving very fast at the same speed that the earth’s surface is turning underneath it.
The space station is constantly falling to Earth, but we’ll never hit it. The freefall is what causes microgravity making the astronauts float around. So what would it be like to be born weightless?.
Before we get to the first part, let us just say nobody’s ever had sexual intercourse on the space station. Fluids Work differently at microgravity. You may not have the blood flow to get you or your partner arouse. Sweat would build up around your body making it wet sticky all over and that’s if you could figure out how not to push your partner away upon contact.
Conceiving a child would be a whole other problem in addition to a low gravity environment. There’s also so much radiation in space that it can affect a man’s sperm count or possibly even cause infertility. And we don’t even know exactly what kind of changes space conditions would cause to a human embryo.
Let’s imagine your pregnant mother arrived at a space station to give birth to you. The trip to space alone would be hard enough on your mother pushing you out of her body without the help of gravity wouldn’t be a piece of cake either.
If you made it out of the womb a low-gravity environment would affect your body systems as you grew up including your muscular development and eye-sight. When grown-up astronauts work aboard the space station their bone density depletes at a rate of 1% per month because it takes no effort to float in space.
They also tend to lose muscle strength now since there’s no way to force a baby to run on a treadmill to keep its muscles forming as you grow on the space station your skeleton might become deformed, your heart would be weak as it’s never had to work against Earth’s gravity?
Then there’s space radiation. It would increase the probability of cancer dysfunction of the heart and the central nervous system and eyesight problems.
If after surviving all that, you made the trip to Earth you wouldn’t be able to walk and balanced properly. You might also struggle trying to interact with people on Earth since you grew up crammed into a very small space your whole life until somebody invented gravity polarizer to generate artificial gravity fields at a space station. We probably shouldn’t think about having babies and space.
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