Science is pretty rad. I’ve been saying that ever since I first got schooled up by my boy Bill Nye back in the day. A bunch of students from the University of California San Diego engineering department are proving it by attempting to brew beer on the moon.
The team of students is one of just 25 out of thousands that applied to have their project go up on an Indian spacecraft that will put a robot on the moon. Welcome to the moon game, India. It was getting kind of lonely.
From UCSD News:
“The idea started out with a few laughs amongst a group of friends,” said Neeki Ashari, a fifth year bioengineering student at UC San Diego and the team’s PR & Operations Lead. “We all appreciate the craft of beer, and some of us own our own home-brewing kits. When we heard that there was an opportunity to design an experiment that would go up on India’s moonlander, we thought we could combine our hobby with the competition by focusing on the viability of yeast in outer space.”
The whole moon landing thing is actually part of one huge contest held by Google, because when you have as much money as Google does, you hold contests on the moon.
The spacecraft is owned by the Indian startup Team Indus, a participant in the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition. To win the $20 million grand prize, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the moon that explores at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth. (The second team to accomplish all of this will get $5 million; an additional $5 million is available for various special accomplishments, bringing the total purse to $30 million.)
Obviously, the goal of the brewing experiment is more focused on the effects of space on the scientific phenomena that make up the brewing process (how zero gravity will affect the yeast, the carbonation process, etc.) and less on the sheer awesomeness of saying you made beer on the moon, but it’s still pretty cool.
While the folks behind the experiment are definitely thinking about all the technical data and scientific implications, I’m thinking long term. If we’re going to have people living on the moon, we’re going to need some cold ones up there to keep everything chill. Living on the moon would be cool, but it’d be a lot cooler if you’re able to have a beer after a long day of finding moon rocks and doing whatever else we’ll be doing up there.
Moon beers. What a time to be alive.
I hate to break it to the guys trying to make this happen, but while they may be the first to brew beer on the moon, the title of first beer in space will always belong to Natty Light.
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