The astronauts up at the International Space Station are getting it all: cookies, radiation vests, and now, a cask of red wine. Unfortunately, the wine isn't for drinking: a French startup (of course it's French) called Space Cargo Unlimited wanted to see how wine ages differently in space. The wine will be sent back to Earth in a year, when experts will be able to taste the space (or not) in the red wine. Maybe space-aged wine will become a delicacy. What's next? Space cookies?
Supplies regularly get sent up to the International Space Station, but last week's cargo ship had an unusual item aboard: twelve bottles of red wine. While we're not sure exactly which type of wine it is, we can be sure that it is not intended for the enjoyment of the (probably bored) astronauts.
French startup Space Cargo Unlimited wanted to see what wine aged in space would taste like, so they sent some wine up along with the 8,200 pounds of crew supplies, hardware and research supplies. The wine has been given the name "Vitis Vinum in Spatium Experimentia," which translates to "Wine Grape in Space Experiment." Down to the point name.
We're not sure what space-aged wine will taste like, but we can bet that it's better than what the astronauts have in these packets. I wouldn't blame them for cracking open a bottle or two - although I imagine that having a hangover in zero-gravity wouldn't be too fun (especially the puking part). Let's hope the astronauts on the International Space Station are smarter than me and leave their drinking and debauchery to Earth or other planets with gravity.