In just a few years’ time – barring any apocalyptic disaster or civilizational collapse before 2024 – four humans will be shot into space in the direction of Mars, where they are expected to spend the rest of their lives. As the technology needed to bring people back from the red planet does not yet exist, those explorers will also become permanent colonists.
Since the space pioneers will have just the allotted amount of resources necessary to survive, and no more, they aren’t supposed to reproduce and make babies they can’t feed. This restriction could easily be resolved by sterilizing said astronauts, ensuring that they can’t conceive. Instead, the not-for-profit planning the inter-planetary mission has determined that the voyagers will not be allowed to have any intercourse.
Clearly, the firm will have no way of enforcing its prude policy once the rocketeers have left the launchpad. True, the Mars One Mission is also supposed to be a life-long reality TV show, with cameras recording their every action in outer space. But anyone who has ever watched Big Brother knows only too well, the all-watching eye is unlikely to deter horny housemates from getting it on, if the spirit moves them.
As of this writing, the list of 200,000 people applying to be one of the planet’s first four immigrants to Mars has been weened down to just 600 finalists. The ten-minute documentary embedded below, which features interviews with three of these would-be Martians, suggests that their common denominator is a total disinterest in carnal knowledge. Does this mean our planet’s first-ever spermogenesis will be totally devoid of any actual sperm?