Space Age: 12 bottles of Red wine sent to International Space Station

Federico Mansilla
Noviembre 9, 2019

Once the space wine returns from the ISS the two will be tasted and compared.

Launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, Articulate Cargo Limitless's wine used to be loaded onto a Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which docked with the International Articulate Place of dwelling earlier this week.

But the wines weren't a part of the International Space Station's Christmas dinner planning; researchers hope to review how radiation in space impacts the aging course. Not to let any other factors interfere, the wine will be kept in sealed glass bottles at the same temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, while their complex biological environment will be left to do its magic - or physical and chemical reactions, to put it scientifically. The name of the producers of the wine is a closely guarded secret to prevent accusations that the experiment is a marketing ploy.

Nicolas Gaume, chief executive and co-founder of Space Cargo Unlimited, said: "This is a once in a lifetime adventure". Universities in Bordeaux, France, and Bavaria, Germany, are participating within the experiment from Area Cargo Limitless, a Luxembourg startup. There have been six such missions planned by the company for the next three years. Researchers pointed out that Louis Pasteur developed pasteurisation through experiments in wine fermentation.

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Not only are the bottles of wine aboard the ISS for scientific research, but according to Quartz, they're also meant as bait for the wealthy to fund the experiment through a "luxury goods partnership that will deliver a customized chest full of objects flown to space to ultra-wealthy sponsors, called patrons, who back the project".

The idea of commercializing research in space isn't a new concept. If yeast or bacteria present in the wine behave differently in space, it could result in entirely new kinds of wine with unique flavors. Cosmonauts, aboard the Mir space station, were recommended alcohol by doctors to stimulate the immune system and to keep the human organism in tone.

The wine will spend a year in orbit before being brought back to Earth - and astronauts won't get to enjoy a single drop, as the objective of its journey is not no-gravity inebriation, but science.

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