Brewing a beer on the moon? The project of ambitious students.


28 March 2017

This month we are celebrating the 56th anniversary of the first manned space flight. On April 12th, 1961, the Soviet pilot Yuri Gagarin made the first voyage in space. Eight years later, American Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the Moon… “Fantastic!” you may say, but what does this have to do with beer?

Well, believe it or not, three students from San Diego University are planning to brew beer in space! Their project, called “Original Gravity”, is quite serious. In order to find out if the Moon meets the necessary conditions for making a beer, they want to study the behavior of yeast in space – “The symbiotic relationship between humans and yeast would no doubt be vital for future colonization of the moon and other planets,” the students state on their website. Yeast is used to produce beer and other spirits, but it is also used to produce bread and antibiotics.

The three student researchers, all under 25 years (and beer lovers), were among 25 finalists (out of 3000!) from the Lab2moon competition. Under the management of the Indian startup company Team Indus, the winners will be able to send their invention to the Moon on December 28, 2017, on board a space probe.

The results have been shared : unfortunately, "Original Gravity" project did not win the contest. But who knows, it might have given some ideas to certain people...

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