Wine cellar in space: 12 bottles arrive for year of aging

Cargo Unlimited researchers with Space Cargo Unlimited prepare bottles of French red wine to be flown aboard a Northrop Grumman capsule from Wallops Island Va. to the International Space Station

Case of fine wine launched into space, but astronauts can't drink

The bottles of red Bordeaux wine have been sent to space to age for a year before they return to the Earth's surface. The objective of the experiment is to observe the effects of weightlessness and space radiation on the process of ageing. Well, that's decidedly not as fun, but potentially far more constructive, as scientists are hoping to discover the effects of space aging on a case of fine French wine. 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 absence of gravity is though-provoking". Universities in Bordeaux and Bavaria are also taking part in the company's "once-in-a-lifetime adventure", CEO and co-founder Nicolas Gaume said in a statement. "Within the absence of gravity, it tries to set apart issues in tell".

Articulate Cargo Limitless's set apart trumpets the wine experiment as a perennial scientific feat.

For the record, this isn't the first time that ISS astronauts have been tempted.

The experiment also leans towards the experimental insights of Louis Pasteur (who developed pasteurization through experiments with wine fermentation), which, in turn, will hopefully produce broader applications across overall food preservation. A French astronaut took along a bottle of wine aboard shuttle Discovery in 1985. "The spotlight of that chest will more than seemingly be a bottle of the wine". Elon Musk helps fund Articulate X by launching satellites for both industrial prospects and the U.S. Division of Defense.

When the 17th century Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon first called to his brothers "come quickly, I am tasting stars" after his first taste of champagne, he probably would have never guessed that wine would eventually find its way into the vast reaches of the Heavens outstretched before his heady exclamation. Cosmonauts, aboard the Mir home self-discipline, had been advised alcohol by doctors to stimulate the immune machine and to preserve the human organism in tone.

A European startup has sent a dozen bottles of Bordeaux to the International Space Station (ISS) to age for a year.

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