Experts are waiting for 12 bottles of French wine that spent a year on board the International Space Station (ISS) and departed with the SpaceX CRS-21 Cargo Dragon spacecraft on Monday, 11 January.
As part of an experiment conducted by a Luxembourg-based start-up firm, experts sent the liquor to the International Space Station in November 2019. The other cargo capsules are filled with trash and burn up when re-entering Earth's atmosphere.
HuffPost notes that the 12 bottles of carefully pressed wine have been orbiting the lab in space with extra precaution and care. For some, it was a ridiculous idea, but to many, it was brilliant and innovative. As SpaceX has delivered the well-aged wines back to Earth, they will still have to settle down for nearly a month.
None of the bottles will be opened until the end of February. After the launching event, several months of chemical testing and research will succeed.
Called CommuBioS, the project will study how microgravity affects sedimentation and bubble dispersion and will examine whether conditions have led to the development of secondary metabolites, colloids and polyphenols in the wine.
French wine returns from space
Gaume said that farm goods such as grapes would have to adjust to harsh weather in the face of climate change. Through a series of space experiments, Space Cargo Unlimited hopes to learn by stressing the plants in space and use that knowledge to create more robust and resilient plants on earth.
Besides, Gaume said, with their space rations, potential moon or Mars explorers might like a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Demo-2 mission was the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program.
Private investors and other partners have made the experiment possible. According to Mr. Gaume it was through their efforts that a cutting-edge discovery for the wine industry has been made.