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NASA sends sperm samples to ISS to find out if conception is possible in outer space
It is curious to see where curiosity can lead humans. In the subtle sense of Albert Einstein's thoughts about being called a genius- anybody who is passionately curious can be a genius.

One such endeavour where curiosity has led us is to find out whether humans would be able to conceive in the microgravity of the outer space. Now this idea has been boggling the human mind for quite some time now and I'm sure it must have passed by somewhere around your thoughts as well. If not, you need to start being curious.  

NASA scientists are one step closer to answering this mystery. To be specific, they are going to understand the behaviour of human sperm in the microgravity of the outer space. Last week NASA sent some sperm samples to the ISS along with 5,800 pounds of supplies and experiments. It might sound like an imprudent use of resources but ever since we have realised that it would be possible for humans to be spending time in space (especially when we know that luxury hotels are going to be opened in the outer space soon), the question of us being able to reproduce there has been of quite a lot of interest. In simpler words, would it be possible to make babies in outer space? Or can we at least try to? What will be the complications involved given such exposure to microgravity and the outer space radiations? So, it is better to look into this matter before it happens and it is going to eventually happen.

This mission has been named as Micro Mission-11 and the astronauts aboard the ISS are going to check the mobility of the sperms there. The sample contains human and bull sperm and the main idea is to see whether the sperm will be mobile enough to be able to fertilize an egg. That is what makes this experiment significant because according to NASA's website, "delays or problems at this stage could prevent fertilization from happening in space." The astronauts will also be recording the video of this experimentation and will be sending it back to earth for further analysis.  

It is true that there are six mature men aboard the ISS right now, but NASA did not ask them to contribute to this experiment in any other way imaginable (which would probably have been cost effective) and it is completely fathomable why NASA didn't go for that. If nothing else, there has to be a reasonable limit to what can be asked from you even in a workplace like the outer space!

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