When humans shot the first monkey into space they thought it was a big deal. Fast forward more than half a century and it appears we’re about to reach another galactic milestone: space beer.
Tomorrow’s launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will see a fresh supply of goods and experiments destined for the International Space Station. The trips have been happening since 2017 but it’s the payload on the latest voyage from the Elon Musk-backed space company that makes things very interesting.
In under 24 hours, an onboard Dragon capsule will be shot into space from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Inside are barley seeds from American brewer Anheuser-Busch – the parent company of Budweiser who hopes to be the first-ever beer on Mars. More specifically the researchers will use the seeds to study how microgravity affects the crucial germination and malting process of beer production.
If successful Elon Musk and his SpaceX outfit may well be the pioneers of beer that is truly out of this planet.
The Dragon spacecraft supporting this mission previously flew in support of our fourth and eleventh commercial resupply missions pic.twitter.com/P6ceGX9Pz1
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) 26 November 2019
Other experiments include a study on how fire behaves in space with zero gravity. On the cooler side of the spectrum there will also be updates to NASA’s Cold Atom Lab, a metal box which looks like a flight box recorder designed to create the coldest place in the known universe. On the biology front, 40 live mice will be sent up there to analyse how low gravity affects muscle deterioration and bone mass reduction.
Those who are keen to witness a new frontier in beer can tune into the SpaceX livestream below, which is due to kick off in under 24 hours.
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