Experts are looking forward to testing the 12 bottles of Bordeaux that will be delivered from the ISS on the SpaceX Dragon capsule after a year in space.
The International Space Station on Tuesday sent back 12 bottles of Bordeaux wine and hundreds of vines that have been orbiting the world for a year in the name of science. The wine and vines – as well as hundreds of kilograms of other gear and experiments – will be brought aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule Wednesday night in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa.
Each bottle was placed in a steel cylinder to prevent cracking. The wine remained corked aboard the orbiting lab. And none of the bottles would be opened until the end of February. That’s when Space Cargo Unlimited, the company behind the experiments, will open one or two bottles for tasting with France’s top connoisseurs. The wine will also be tested to see how space has changed the wine’s composition and characteristics
“Our goal is to decide how we are going to create agriculture beyond Earth so that it is both organic, healthy and able to feed humanity,” Space Cargo Unlimited says.