Two months later, for reasons that are possibly related and possibly not related, the U.K. Telegraph reports that Poindexter now articulates what appears to be a formal ISS policy: There is absolutely no sex on the International Space Station. Here are the details from what sounds like a mighty awkward press conference:
International Space Station sex ban
Commanders do not allow sexual intercourse on the International Space Station, it has been disclosed.
"We are a group of professionals," said Alan Poindexter, a NASA commander, during a visit to Tokyo, when asked about the consequences if astronauts boldly went where no others have been.
"We treat each other with respect and we have a great working relationship. Personal relationships are not ... an issue," said a serious-faced Mr Poindexter. "We don't have them and we won't."