To Fermentation and Beyond: Beer in Space
Forget baking soda volcanoes and bean sprout growth charts, this 11-year-old's science fair project shot for the stars and won him first place at the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Too young to drink, the young scientist focused on the medicinal and sterile qualities of alcohol and the feasibility of brewing beer in space with little to no gravity. While scientifically interested, the International Space Station is still slightly hesitant as they aren't keen on turning Buzz Lightyear into Buzz-ed Lightyear.
"Beer can be a backup drink if there’s a problem with the water filtration system, and alcohol does have medicinal properties, like disinfection. Plus, it might just teach us more about the fermentation process."
Photo by Grist