SpaceX Bringing Space Aged Wine Back To Earth | Talk 650 KSTE

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 13, 2021

The canes, from merlot and cabernet sauvignon vines, arriving from space will be compared with similar specimens kept on Earth. The Atlantic Ocean was initially planned as the landing spot but due to poor weather the capsule ended up in the Pacific.

The carefully packed wine - each bottle nestled inside a steel cylinder to prevent breakage - remained corked aboard the orbiting lab. It was the idea of Space Cargo Unlimited, a Luxembourg start-up to put the wine in space and allow it to age for up to an entire year.

None of the bottles will be opened until the end of February. That is when some of France's best connoisseurs and specialists can drink a bottle or two for an out-of-this-world wine tasting event in Bordeaux.

Because of climate change, agricultural products and resources such as grapes and other fruits will have to adapt to harsher environments and conditions.

Through a series of space experiments, Space Cargo Unlimited hopes to take what can be learned by stressing the plants in weightlessness and turn that into more robust and resilient plants on Earth. Months of chemical testing will follow.

In a press release, SCU clarified that the objective of the experiment is to investigate how space radiation and the microgravity environment affect wine components during the aging process. With this, the International Space Station bids goodbye to a French wine that was literally stored from beyond any country.

Besides, Gaume added that future Moon or Mars explorers might want a little Cabernet Sauvignon with their space stakes. He'll be among the lucky few taking a sip.

'Being French, it's part of life to have some good food and good wine, ' he said. The program will deepen the research on key elements such as yeast, bacteria, crystals, colloids and polyphenols, to ascertain how the taste and chemical composition of wine are affected during the aging process.

As reported by Irish Examiner, the twelve bottles of wine were delivered to space last November 2019 through a Northrop Grumman supply ship.

SpaceX is the sole shipper willing to return tests from the space station and other things intact. Other cargo capsules have the possibility of burning the shipments when entering back to the Earth's atmosphere.

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