SpaceX returns the state of wine in space to Earth

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The bottled wine will remain closed until at least next month, when one or two are open for tasting in Bordeaux - followed by months of chemical tests to determine the effect of space on expensive grape juice.

The wine and vine material stored on the spacecraft left the International Space Station on 12 January and is expected to splash down west of Tampa off the Florida coast at about 8:27pm local time. Space Cargo Unlimited, a Luxembourg startup behind the experiments, wanted the wine to age for an entire year up there.

HuffPost notes that the 12 bottles of carefully pressed wine have been orbiting the lab in space with extra precaution and care.

Called CommuBioS, the project will study how microgravity affects sedimentation and bubble dispersion and will examine whether conditions have led to the development of secondary metabolites, colloids and polyphenols in the wine.

They are part of a wider load of freight containing 320 snippets of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines sent into space in March and some rats.

As noted by Nicolas Gaume, the company's CEO and co-founder through NY Post, the main objective of the space wine experiment is to have innovations in agricultural science, although he admits that being able to taste a few sips from space-aged wine indeed makes him lucky.

In November 2019, the wine hitched a trip on a Northrop Grumman delivery ship to the space station.

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"Our goal is to tackle the solution of how we're going to have an agriculture tomorrow that is both organic and healthy and able to feed humanity, and we think space has the key", Gaume said from Bordeaux.

Besides, Gaume said, with their space rations, potential moon or Mars explorers might like a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon. Through a series of space experiments, Space Cargo Unlimited hopes to take what's learned by stressing the plants in weightlessness and turn that into more robust and resilient plants on Earth. The other cargo capsules are filled with trash and burn up when reentering Earth's atmosphere.

The US space agency, Nasa, spends about $3 billion (£2.4 billion) a year on the space station program, a level of funding that is endorsed by the Trump administration and Congress.



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