Case of fine wine launched into space, but astronauts can't drink

Pablo Tucker
November 9, 2019

The project is the brainchild of Space Cargo Unlimited (SCU), a European self-described space-bio startup that has partnered with NASA and a number of French universities to research the effects of microgravity and radiation on wine in space.

Astronauts who live on the International Space Station work hard. Researchers will study the impact of space radiation and weightlessness on the wine's aging process. Each bottle was packed in a metal canister to prevent breakage. The Bordeaux wines can be saved on the ISS at 18 levels Celsius for one yr earlier than being returned to earth and in comparison with a management pattern that has been stored on the same temperature.


With wine making involving yeast, bacteria, and chemical processes, the team thought it an ideal combination for study in space. A company spokeswoman told the outlet that any leftovers will be poured for the people who funded the research. As per reports, this is first of the six space missions planned by the company over the next three years. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure", Nicolas Gaume, chief government and co-founder of Area Cargo Limitless, mentioned in an announcement. According to NASA, the International Space Station will be open to more such business ventures and later private astronaut missions. On board were an oven for baking chocolate chip cookies, as well as samples of carbon fibre used by Italy's Lamborghini in its sports cars.

When they finally get some downtime, their options for leisure activities are slim, so you'd expect that a recent supply mission that delivered a dozen bottles of red wine would be a cause for celebration.


When the 17th century Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon first called to his brothers "come quickly, I am tasting stars" after his first taste of champagne, he probably would have never guessed that wine would eventually find its way into the vast reaches of the Heavens outstretched before his heady exclamation. In 2015, Japanese distiller Suntory sent bottles of its premium whiskey to space; meanwhile, Budweiser sent barley seeds up for testing, hoping to someday become the best-selling beer on Mars.

Q: Why did 12 bottles of vino fetch launched into home?


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