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IN Science & Technology ON 13 Oct, 2015
Imagine this: you are an astronaut in space, and you're looking at the vast expanse of the universe. Now, what could be better than floating around the space station and being in awe of the stars and sheer darkness? BEER.
You read that right. From beer to wine and even cognac, alcoholic drinks have been taken -- or at least, made a failed attempt -- by astronauts in space. While NASA's history regarding the provision of space drinks is not so simple, the fact is that humanity has already enjoyed being a little bit tipsy and drunk while outside of Earth. Talk about an out-of-this-world experience!
Read below to find out more about these very special drinks.
NASA currently doesn't allow its astronauts to consume alcoholic drinks while at space. However, this wasn't always the case.
In the 1970s, NASA's Charles Bourland had to consult professors from University of California for the selection of wine to be sent to space.
Specifically, it was the Paul Masson California Rare Cream Sherry that was chosen to be packed inside a plastic pouch. Astronauts could simply squeeze it to drink some wine, thanks to the built-in tube. Sadly, it was never sent to space.
As noted by Charles Bourland after several experiments, the smell of wine in weightless conditions made several people vomit.
What made NASA ban alcoholic drinks for astronauts was the public outrage when it was learned that wine was included in the space menu, with people noting how the wine ruined the purity of astronauts.
Russian Astronaut Alexander Lazutkin revealed in 2010 during a conference that he did drink alcohol in space.
Cognac was the choice of many Russians, and it has even been noted that cognac helps alleviate the negative affects of being in such a complex environment.
Like the proposed space wine, beer can also make people vomit because of the process of carbonation. While in space or in microgravity, what an individual consumes rises to the upper portion of the stomach, leading to a lot of puking if you still insist on drinking the beer in space. Even with that disappointing news, NASA still successfully brewed one milliliter of beer in space, in cooperation with Coors.
Well, not exactly. It is, however, a welcome achievement as Sapporo was able to grow barley at the International Space Station (ISS) and use that to create about 100 bottles of Sapporo beer back on Earth. Six Sapporo Space Barleys will cos you $100 though.