Budweiser begins space experiments aimed at brewing beer on Mars

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 25, 2017

In March, the brewing company Anheuser-Busch announced their lofty goal to create a beer in space that would eventually be accessible on Mars, in a campaign that sounded more like it belonged in a sci-fi novel.

But the beer brand clearly isn't letting go of the idea, this week announcing that it's "upholding its commitment" and moving forward with the first stage of the plan.

SpaceX will be delivering a shipment of barley to the International Space Station in December, according to the beer giant. And Budweiser wants to be there to brew it.

To kick-start the research, Budweiser is partnering with experts in the field including the Center for Advancement of Science in Space, a nonprofit that manages the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, and Space Tango, a payload development company that operates two commercial research facilities within the National Lab.

The barley is scheduled to launch on December 4, as part of SpaceX's upcoming cargo supply mission, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

"Malting barley is a process that results in the high-quality malt used in the Budweiser enjoyed today, and the research on the ISS will unveil how the barley seeds react in a unique microgravity environment", Budweiser said in a release.

Budweiser says the barley it sends to the ISS will remain aboard for a month, before it makes its way back to the Earth for analysis. "We are excited to begin our research to brew beer for the red planet".

"One of the experiments will focus on barley seed exposure, with the second testing barley germination".

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