If you were to go into space, what would you want to bring with you? Something to just space walk and float around basking in the radiation put off by the sun. Kind of like an extreme sunbathing, maybe a beer? Well, Tokyo-based Suntory Global Innovation Center, which has a division called Suntory Whiskey, launched a set of boozy beverages towards the International Space Station on Wednesday (Aug. 19) using Japan’s fifth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5).
HTV-5 will reach the space station on Monday (Aug. 24) carrying five different types of distilled spirits. Unfortunately for the astronauts they will not be able to drink them, since they are being delivered for scientific purposes. Suntory plans to conduct future experiments to see how the “mellowness” of the alcohol is affected by microgravity and the lack of convection.
The liquor will be stored aboard the Kibo module of the International Space Station, which is run by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Some of the samples will remain aboard the orbiting lab for one year, while others will be in space for two years or more. They will be tested once they return to Earth, and compared to control bottles that never left the ground.
You can find more info at Space.com
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