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SpaceX returns the state of wine in space to Earth

SpaceX returns the state of wine in space to Earth

East Time Wednesday (0126 GMT Thursday) off the Florida coast, completing the company's 21st contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

Both projects are part of a series of space-related wine experiments known as Mission WISE.

The 12 bottles were corked and carefully packaged in steel cylinders to avoid breakage.

Dragon cargo was launched on December 6 a year ago on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, arriving at the ISS just over 24 hours later and achieving the first autonomous docking of a USA commercial cargo resupply spacecraft. The wine's been aging on the Space Station for about 14 months after being shipped up as part of a Luxembourg-based startup's experiment. By the time that the wine bottles are ready, the company will open a bottle or two for the first-ever inter-galactic wine tasting in Bordeaux where some of France's top connoisseurs and experts will be there to take part and witness the event. Thus, none of these bottles will be opened for tasting up until February.

Agricultural science is the primary objective, stresses Nicolas Gaume, CEO and co-founder of Space Cargo Unlimited, although he admits it will be fun to sample the wine. Researchers are keen to see if sedimentation and bubbles have altered space.

It would follow months of chemical research.

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So far, only SpaceX is the shipper that is capable of returning items from space back to Earth fully intact.

There's another benefit. Gaume expects future explorers to the moon and Mars will want to enjoy some of Earth's pleasures.

Due to climate change, Gaume said agricultural products like grapes will need to adapt to harsher conditions.

Space Cargo Unlimited hopes to bring what has been observed by stimulating the plants in a gravity-free environment through a sequence of space tests to transform them into more robust and efficient plants on Earth.

Private investors and other partners have made the experiment possible. The 320 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vine snippets, called canes in the grape-growing business, were launched by SpaceX last March.

The spacecraft carried more than 4,400 pounds (about 1,996 kg) of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo back to Earth.

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