SpaceX cargo Dragon splashdown off Florida coast expected Wednesday
13 Janvier, 2021, 19:45 | Auteur: Therese Cote
As SpaceX has delivered the well-aged wines back to Earth, they will still have to settle down for nearly a month.
With this, the International Space Station bids goodbye to a French wine that was literally stored from beyond any country. Since aged in outer space for more than a year, it is no ordinary champagne.
As part of an experiment conducted by a Luxembourg-based start-up firm, experts sent the liquor to the International Space Station in November 2019.
"Our goal is to address the solution to how to have tomorrow's agriculture that is organic, healthy and able to feed humanity", said Nicholas Gaum, co-founder of Space Cargo Unlimited. He claimed that "space was the key".
There's another benefit. Gaume expects future explorers to the moon and Mars will want to enjoy some of Earth's pleasures.
He explained, "Being French, having some good food and good wine is part of life".
Due to climate change, Gaume said agricultural products like grapes will need to adapt to harsher conditions.
They will not open any of the bottles until the end of February. Months of chemical testing will follow. Researchers and wine experts are very interested in seeing how the elements, temperature, and environment in space has changed the wine's sedimentation and bubbles.
SCU and partner institutions CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Scientifiques, Toulouse), ISVV (Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin, Bordeaux), and ESA (European Space Agency) will assess the biological mutations that have taken place in the canes exposed to these conditions, comparing them to samples that have remained on planet Earth. However, he acknowledges that tasting the wine is going to be enjoyable.
Will The Bottle Wines Break Upon Its Splashdown?
The 12 bottles were corked and carefully packaged in steel cylinders to avoid breakage.
Besides the bottles of wine and vines, the SpaceX CRS-21 Cargo Dragon has brought thousands of pounds of other gear and research instruments, including mice, back to Earth.
After the tasting, the wines, as well as vines that were also on board the ISS, will go through a series of chemical tests. SpaceX's supply ships previously parachuted into the Pacific. It was at at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, May 30, 2020, and was the launch of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard.
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