A total of 12 bottles of Bordeaux and hundreds of snippets of grapevines are now heading towards earth after spending a year orbiting the world in the name of science.
The international space station has bid adieu to the wines and grapevines on January 12, 2021.
Along with the wines and grapevines, thousands of pounds of other research pieces of equipment, including mice will board the SpaceX Dragon capsule late in the night on January 13, 2021, in the Gulf of Mexico.
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The bottles will not be opened till the end of February. The Space Cargo Unlimited will open one or two for tasting in Bordeaux by top connoisseurs from France. The chemicals will be tested for the next few months. The scientists involved in this experiment are eager to know how the space altered the sedimentation and bubbles.
Meanwhile on the ISS… our wine is aging well. Return with SpaceX at the end of the year!#MissionWISE#SpaceCargoUnlimited#SpaceBiologyUnlimited pic.twitter.com/eaGqUdYvKL
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“Our goal is to tackle the solution of how we’re going to have an agriculture tomorrow that is both organic and healthy and able to feed humanity, and we think space has the key,” Gaume said from Bordeaux.
“Being French, it’s part of life to have some good food and good wine,” he was reported as telling a media agency.