Monday, 25 January, 2021

Sauvignon ISS: French Wine Returns Back to Earth From Space

SpaceX's Cargo Dragon spacecraft begins its undocking from the International Space Station SpaceX's Cargo Dragon spacecraft begins its undocking from the International Space Station
Sandy Nunez | 14 January, 2021, 14:30

The intoxicating cargo was shipped to the International Space Station in November 2019 as part of an experiment launched by a Luxembourg-based startup. It is the first undocking of a U.S. commercial cargo craft from the International Docking Adapter on the station's space-facing port of the Harmony module.

Gaume said private investors helped fund the experiments, but he declined to provide the project cost.

As a Frenchman, he explained that good food and good wine are a part of life.

Because of climate change, agricultural products and resources such as grapes and other fruits will have to adapt to harsher environments and conditions. Through a series of space experiments, Space Cargo Unlimited hopes to take what's learned by stressing the plants in weightlessness and turn that into more robust and resilient plants on Earth.

As an added benefit, he also notes that being able to survive agricultural produce in space means Mars and moon explorers may have a taste of the pleasures we enjoy on Earth while they are on their journey. Thus, none of these bottles will be opened for tasting up until February. That is when some of France's best connoisseurs and specialists can drink a bottle or two for an out-of-this-world wine tasting event in Bordeaux. Months of chemical testing will follow. Researchers are keen to see if sedimentation and bubbles have altered space. He'll be among the lucky few taking a sip.

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Each bottle was carefully packed inside a steel cylinder to prevent any breakage.

SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undocked from the ISS with the wine, vines and thousands of pounds of other gear and research - including mice on Tuesday.

Dragon cargo was launched on December 6 previous year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, arriving at the ISS just over 24 hours later and achieving the first autonomous docking of a US commercial cargo resupply spacecraft. The 320 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vine snippets arrived at the space station later, in March 2020, aboard a SpaceX cargo spacecraft.

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.