Can You Make Alcohol In Space?

During the Space Shuttle era, NASA sent an experiment designed to brew a tiny batch of space beer. Instead of implementing normal beer-making equipment, the astronauts used a syringe-like device called "Fluid Processing" to ferment their beer. Researchers on Earth used the exact same process, then they compared the beverages once the mission ended. The result? The space beer contained fewer living yeast cells, so it didn't taste great. But their alcohol experimentation didn't stop there—researchers also tested whiskey-making in space. To hear the humorous results, watch the following video.

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NASA Attempted To Brew "Space Beer"

The yeast cells produced higher levels of a protein linked to stress... not very tasty.

Written by Curiosity Staff January 5, 2017

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