Are you a Budweiser lover? Yes, there’s terrific news for you all. Budweiser has announced that in December this year, it will conduct microgravity beer experiments in space by sending some barley up to the ISS. Space agencies across the world are competing against time and each other to figure out a feasible solution to putting humans on the red planet. Whereas a functional Mars human colony is far from having been created or launched, Bud has already set its sights on becoming the very first beer on the red planet.
The brewing company Anheuser-Busch behind the Great American Lager announced on November 21 details about its experiments bound for Earth orbit. Twenty barley seeds will be going to launch on board SpaceX’s upcoming Dragon resupply mission, where they will be subjected to microgravity for thirty days and tested for germination. Budweiser is consistently pushing the boundaries of revolution, and we are inspired by the collective American Dream to get to the red planet. Budweiser’s Vice President Ricardo Marques stated in a statement that we are so excited to begin our research to brew beer for the Mars.
Budweiser selected barley to study in space because it is one of the critical ingredients of beer and the experiments will allow experts to see how the barley seeds react in a unique microgravity environment. First, it was announced by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas in March that the Budweiser experiment is the first step in the company’s long-term commitment to have beer accessible for the first astronauts on the red planet whenever they might get there. The launch of the barley seeds and the related research equipment was organized by Budweiser’s innovation team working with the CASIS, the organisation which manages the U.S. National Lab on the space station. A Payload development company that operates commercial research facilities in the National Lab. The experiments are formerly titled as Barley Germination and Malting in Microgravity. NASA is currently working towards the possible astronaut Mars missions in 2030. Although a renewed focus on a return to the moon may alter that schedule. SpaceX’s Elon Musk has also said that his company’s intentions are to send people to the Red Planet to establish settlements.
The first experiment will test the Seed Exposure where barley seeds will be kept at the laboratory for 30 days to examine the effects of exposure to extended microgravity. Barley seeds are best grown in cool, dry places
The second experiment is known as Seed Germination this will test how barley seeds will germinate in weightlessness. The seeds will be nutrified and irrigated in a similar way to how they are grown on Earth. On the ground, barley typically grows tall 2 to 3 meters in a two week period.
Budweiser stated that this experiment would test if the seeds grow at the same rate in space.