Why 12 bottles of wine have been sent to space

James Marshall
November 9, 2019

To see if the conditions of outer space, namely microgravity and non-earthly radiation, will change the aging process and, eventually, the qualities of the alcoholic beverage, researchers are going to compare the ISS samples with wine from the same batch that will age for the same period of time on Earth.

Yes, on Monday, reports The Washington Post, the International Space Station received a most welcome package delivered aboard a Northrop Grumman capsule that lifted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility the day before: a case of wine from Bordeaux, a region well known for its age-worthy red blends. 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. The name of the producers of the wine is a closely guarded secret to prevent accusations that the experiment is a marketing ploy.

"The absence of gravity is though-provoking".

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure", Nicolas Gaume, chief executive and co-founder of Space Cargo Unlimited, said in a statement. "Within the absence of gravity, it tries to set apart issues in tell. Customarily they resist and earn intention to conform and adapt". Universities in Bordeaux, France, and Bavaria, Germany, are participating within the experiment from Area Cargo Limitless, a Luxembourg startup. Researchers pointed out that Louis Pasteur developed pasteurisation through experiments in wine fermentation. What's left will go to those who helped pay for the research, according to a company spokeswoman.

The idea of commercializing research in space isn't a new concept. Well, it's fixing to get a lot more fun now that astronauts have a wine cellar. Leave it to the Russians to bring along vodka and cognac on previous missions aboard the International Space Station. Cosmonauts, aboard the Mir space station, were recommended alcohol by doctors to stimulate the immune system and to keep the human organism in tone.

Wine also made an appearance in orbit aboard the Discovery shuttle in 1985, when French astronaut Patrick Baudry brought along a half bottle of 1975 Château Lynch-Bages as part of his cargo.

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