Thursday, September 30, 2010

Space beer

Australia is about to release the world's first beer to be certified for consumption in space.  It will soon undergo tests done by Astronauts4Hire, a non-profit space research corporation,  in weightlessness. The beer has been specifically brewed for easy drinking in both microgravity environments, as well as here on Earth.

Testing is set to begin in November 2010 on board Zero Gravity Corporation's modified Boeing aircraft, which flies a series of parabolic arcs that simulate environments of weightlessness.

Even though this is the first time we're taking beer to space, we have in the past brought beer back from space. In 2006, the Japanese brewery Sapporo teamed up with Okayama University in Okayama, Japan, and the Russian Academy of Sciences, headquartered in Moscow, to create a special brand of limited space beer.
The brew, called Space Barley, was prepared using barley grown from seeds that had flown for five months on the International Space Station.
This is all motivate by the to be space tourism. Exciting if you ask me, it just sounds very expensive.