A bottle of Petrus wine what spent 14 months aboard the International Space Station.
Space Cargo Unlimited
Luxembourg-based Space Cargo Unlimited sent 12 bottles of Bordeaux wine into outer space 14 months ago to study the impact of microgravity. With the wines returned to Earth, it was time for the taste test.
“Unanimously, the wines were considered to be great wines, which means that despite the 14-month stay on the international space station, the ‘space wine,’ was very well evaluated sensorially,” said Philippe Darriet, director of the Oenology research department at the University of Bordeaux, in a statement.
But why launch a dozen perfectly good bottles of Petrus wine into space? The decision was part of Mission WISE, a private applied space research program. The organization is looking for ways to study the effects of microgravity on biological systems in the hopes of discovering insights that could help farmers adapt to global warming.
So on November 2, 2019, the 12 bottles of Petrus were carried to the International Space Station courtesy of French-Italian Thales Alenia Space and the U.S. company Nanoracks. They returned to Earth on January 14, 2021, on a SpaceX rocket…