These days it's hard for a porn producer to find new ways to go where no man (or woman or beast) has gone before.
So it is perhaps unsurprising that Virgin Galactic, the company that plans to fly passengers into orbit from late 2009, announced that it has received a $1 million offer to allow a porn movie to be shot on one of its spacecraft, an offer the company has declined.
As I understand it, the producers thought they would be able to find a completely different kind of action if the participants were under the influence of zero gravity.
It is, however, difficult to understand how they thought they might be able to shoot such a movie.
Virgin Galactic's proposed flights offer, for a return ticket of $200,000, only a five-minute period of weightlessness.
However, those who involve themselves in the pleasures of pornography explain to me that the copulatory scenes tend to last a little longer than your average real-life five minutes. And sometimes they involve multiple physically demanding entanglements.
I am, therefore, unclear as to whether the producers (who remain strangely unnamed) wanted to rent the spacecraft solely for their own purposes or whether they were merely looking to book seats for the performers and a single member camera crew.
If it were the former, then surely the $1million offer has something of a derisory nature.
If it were the latter, might Virgin Galactic have charged the other passengers a little extra, given that they would be in the presence of an entirely otherworldly transport that would truly make the trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience?
One's mind is also somewhat disturbed by whether sex in space really is such an easy pleasure. Would there not be a problem with synchronization?
Still, Virgin's extraordinary and surprising intransigence on this alluring space sexperiment means that those who have had to tolerate suboptimal sex for so many years will also have to do without suborbital sex for a while longer.
We really are living in very difficult times.