Futurists postulate that life on Earth may become unsustainable, and colonizing the galaxy may become necessary to prevent the extinction of the human species. But you know what space doesn’t have? Beer. Budweiser is working on fixing that because while water is necessary for life on another planet, what civilization could thrive without beer?
Budweiser has teamed up with the Center for Advancement of Science in Space, which manages the research facilities on the International Space Station, and payload development company Space Tango, which runs two commercial research labs on the station, for an ambitious endeavor. On December 4th, Budweiser will send 20 barley seeds to the international space station on a SpaceX rocket for a two-part experiment.
Part one of the experiment is designed to determine how a low gravity environment affects barley seeds. The second part of the research is intended to study how the barley will germinate in such an environment. Barley that has germinated is referred to as malted barley, and is an essential ingredient in beer.
The barley seeds will be in orbit for about 30 days before they return to Earth. After the seeds return, Budweiser will analyze them to determine the next step for brewing beer in space.
“Budweiser is always pushing the boundaries of innovation and we are inspired by the collective American Dream to get to Mars,” vice president of Budweiser, Ricardo Marques, said in a release. “We are excited to begin our research to brew beer for the red planet.”
While humankind is only in the initial phase of brewing beer in space, the prospect of being able to enjoy a cold one literally out of this world is thrilling. It’s not called the final frontier for nothing.