SpaceX returns the state of wine in space to Earth

  • SpaceX returns the state of wine in space to Earth

SpaceX returns the state of wine in space to Earth

SpaceX's Cargo Dragon spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station Tuesday morning and is set to splashdown off the coast of Florida Wednesday.

The SpaceX capsule You'll return a Bordeaux state to Earth when it's littered on Wednesday - and it's not going to be normal after aging in outer space for over a year.

Space Cargo Unlimited, a Luxembourg startup behind the experiments, wanted the wine to age for a year in space.

The carefully packed wine - each bottle nestled inside a steel cylinder to prevent breakage - remained corked aboard the orbiting lab - none for the astronauts to try. As SpaceX has delivered the well-aged wines back to Earth, they will still have to settle down for nearly a month.

SpaceX's Cargo Dragon spacecraft begins its undocking from the International Space Station.

It's part of a larger payload that includes 320 Merlot vine and Cabernet Sauvignon vines sent into space in March and several mice. Researchers are eager to see how space altered the sedimentation and bubbles.

None of the bottles will be opened until the end of February - when the company will pop open a bottle or two for an out-of-this-world wine tasting in Bordeaux by some of France's top connoisseurs and experts.

As noted by Nicolas Gaume, the company's CEO and co-founder through NY Post, the main objective of the space wine experiment is to have innovations in agricultural science, although he admits that being able to taste a few sips from space-aged wine indeed makes him lucky.

It would follow months of chemical research.

Gaume said that farm goods such as grapes would have to adjust to harsh weather in the face of climate change.

Besides, Gaume added that future Moon or Mars explorers might want a little Cabernet Sauvignon with their space stakes.

Space Cargo Unlimited hopes to bring what has been observed by stimulating the plants in a gravity-free environment through a sequence of space tests to transform them into more robust and efficient plants on Earth.

Gaume said private investors helped fund the experiments.

Other cargo modules tend to be affected by pollution and end burned-up when reentering the Earth's atmosphere. According to Mr. Gaume it was through their efforts that a cutting-edge discovery for the wine industry has been made. When asked about the project's cost, he declined to provide further details.