A Dozen Bottles Of Wine Were Sent To Space: Here Is Why

Publish On: 07 Nov, 2019 03:00 PM | Updated   |   Prateek  

On Sunday, Twelve Bottles of wine were successfully docked aboard the International Space Station. The wine is a part of an attempt to study the aging process of wine and the effects of space radiation and microgravity on it.

Winemaking involves chemical processes and uses bacteria and yeast which makes it even more suitable for a space experiment.

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About the experiment:

The signature of this experiment is 'Vitis Vinum in Spatium Experimentia'  which when translated to English means 'Wine Grape in Space Experiment'.

This wine aging experiment is a 12-month experiment. A startup called Space Cargo Unlimited has initiated it, they aim to study the effects of microgravity and space radiation on the aging process of the wine.

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Samples of the same wine that is sent to space will remain on earth too. Both of the wines will be aged for the same 12-month period. All the wine will be kept sealed in a glass bottle with a constant temperature of 18 degrees Celcius.

After the 12 months ends both of the wines will be compared. There is a possibility of a taste change too. Basically, by the end of it, we will know the result and how space aging works. Another thing that will be measured is the reaction of the fermented grape juice.


Space Cargo Unlimited co-founder and CEO Nicolas Gaume said:

“The absence of gravity is interesting. It creates a strong stress on life, it creates a phenomenon where life fights back, ”

“In the absence of gravity, it tries to put things in order. Most of the time, it fails and the organism dies. Sometimes they resist and find means to evolve and adapt.”

There is even a talk in the air that these wines can be a bait for the wealthy people. The space-aged wine might be sold at an insanely high price to the wealthy.

So, What do you think? Can it be a hoax in the name of an experiment? Tell us in the comments.

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