Astronauts are storing freeze-dried sperm from mice, to see if we can conceive in space safely
We’re all thinking about it – can you get in on in space, and will that end up in a space baby? Maybe. At some point, there will be the first space baby, but before that happens, scientists need to understand how space radiation affects reproduction.
Right now, freeze dried sperm is being kept on the ISS to expose it to radiation. Then, it’ll be brought down after 2-3 years and it’ll be used to fertilize earth-bound mouse eggs, to see what happens. So far, there’s been a lot of DNA breakdown in the samples they’ve already tested on, so it looks like a no go for space babies at the moment.