This seemed appropriate for a Friday post. Eleven-year-old Michal Bodzianowski won a competition with his experiment “What Are the Effects of Creation of Beer in Microgravity and Is It Possible?” His experiment and 10 others will be flown into space in December as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, sponsored by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.
Michal’s experiment, when launched, will be in a silicon tube about 6-inches long. Clasps on the tube will segregate hops, malted barley, yeast and water. When the tube arrives at the space station, astronauts will remove the clamps then shake the ingredients to determine whether beer can be made in space.
“We’re just trying to get the yeast to react with the ingredients of beer,” said Michal. “If it doesn’t react at all, this tells you it won’t work.”
This reminds me of a Bloom County cartoon where Steve Dallas was propelled away from the Space Shuttle after opening a can of beer. “It’s never Miller Time in space.”