Beermaker Budweiser To Send Barley Seeds To International Space Station


Mr Ricardo Marques, vice president at Budweiser, said: 'Budweiser is always pushing the boundaries of innovation and we are inspired by the collective American Dream to get to Mars. And the commitment was more than just talk: The initiative is a partnership with CASIS, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, which manages the U.S. National Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS).

Budweiser has revealed the next step in its ambitious plan to brew the first beer on Mars.

The two experiments will gather 20 Budweiser seeds, which should be split in two separate boxes, called Space Tango CubeLabs.

The first two experiments, which will travel to the station December 4 aboard a rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, will test how barley seeds react to microgravity during a month of orbiting Earth. "We are excited to begin our research to brew beer for the red planet".

The first experiment will focus on how barley seeds would react when they are exposed to extended microgravity while the second experiment will study how the seeds would grow in zero gravity.

Remember in March, when Budweiser said it was going to send its signature suds to Mars?

The goal is to see how barley - a key ingredient in most American beer - grows in an extra-terrestrial environment.

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Malting barley is "a process that results in the high-quality malt used in Budweiser today", according to the company.

The plan is for the barley to stay in orbit for a month before coming down to be analysed, and hopefully, made into space beer.

The seeds will be fed and watered in a similar fashion as how they are grown on Earth.

One experiment will focus on barley seed exposure, the other on seed germination.

Budweiser thinks the future colonists to settle on Mars shouldn't miss Earth, so they deserve to enjoy the same treats even if they are billions of miles away. Once that payload reaches the ISS, the experiments will remain aboard the ISS for 30 days before being returned to Earth for analysis by Budweiser's innovation team.

The research is meant to help develop a beer for Mars, but it could also provide information on the production of barley - the fourth largest cereal grain grown in the world - and other agricultural crops on Earth, Budweiser stated.