12 wine bottles arrive at space station for yearlong stay

The International Space Station will be an orbiting wine cellar for the next 12 months

On Saturday, a startup shipped a dozen bottles of fine French wine to the International Space Station, the Associated Press reports.

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.

The project is the brainchild of Space Cargo Unlimited (SCU), a European self-described space-bio startup that has partnered with NASA and a number of French universities to research the effects of microgravity and radiation on wine in space. The objective of the experiment is to observe the effects of weightlessness and space radiation on the process of ageing. The goal is to develop new flavours and properties for the food industry.

The reason why wine was chosen for the experiment is that it involves the use of both yeast and bacteria and a chemical reaction, which makes it ideal for a space experiment.

The crew of the space station is more than welcome to celebrate with a nice glass of red once they arrive back on Earth.

Area Cargo Limitless's web site contained plans of future house analysis missions associated with meals and agriculture, as a part of its "WISE" challenge, over the subsequent three years. What's left will go to those who helped pay for the research, according to a company spokeswoman. "It creates a strong stress on life, it creates a phenomenon where life fights back", Space Cargo Unlimited co-founder and CEO Nicolas Gaume told Luxembourg's all-English media outlet Delano. In the meanwhile, NASA is also opening the space station to more business ventures like this, and eventually, private astronaut missions.

On Monday, the Cygnus capsule that pulled up to the ISS carrying multiple commercial opportunities. In 2015, a Japanese company known for its whiskey and other alcoholic drinks sent up samples.

And, the Wine Grape in Space Experiment isn't the first time booze has been sent into space. Scotch also made a visit to space in another experiment.

Q: Why did 12 bottles of vino fetch launched into home? Samples are kept at 18°C (+/-2°C) at all times on the ground and in space, as this is the optimal temperature for aging wine.

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