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Space Wine!

Space Wine!

Laurita Winery , Wine Science , Wine Weirdness 🕔July 5, 2017 0 comments

In many ways, the high-tech future of our childhood entertainment is upon us!

Sure we don’t have flying cars… yet. But we do have self-driving ones! Also cameras in our phones, virtual-reality video games, self-cleaning toilets, and robot vacuum cleaners! Most people finally accept that the future is here!

Most…

“Why does everyone think the future is space helmets, silver foil, and talking like computers, like a bad episode of Star Trek?”  ~  Tracey Ullman

Now that particular quote assumes that there is such a thing as a bad Star Trek episode. (For the record, we disagree.) But whether you’re a fan or not, you have to recognize that the creators and writers of Star Trek understood that though we may aim for the stars, we’d still like to enjoy the occasional drink once we get there!

 

Enter the true American heroes… NASA.

Gizmodo reports that Gioia Massa, a scientist from NASA’s Vegetable Production System (code name: Veggie) says it’s not impossible.

“We have been working with some dwarf fruit trees that the USDA developed, and I have heard that they also have some dwarf grape vines, so if the plants were small enough or could be trained around, for example, lights, it would certainly be possible to grow them.”

So space grapes are a possibility! But what about turning those grapes into space wine?

“Fermentation is an anaerobic process so the fact that fluids and gasses don’t mix well in space might not be a problem for that process. You might have to inoculate with the right types of microorganisms but I think it would definitely be possible.”

We’ll toast to that!

Hopefully, viticulturists of the future will find the right technology for space wine.

And hopefully they’ll have their priorities in order and figure out how to ship cases of earth-grown wine to our future space colonies until they do!

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