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A case of wine is coming back to Earth in a SpaceX capsule

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A SpaceX Dragon capsule started its journey back to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) Tuesday with an unusual cargo: 12 bottles of wine and 320 grapevines.

(CNN)A SpaceX Dragon capsule started its journey back to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) Tuesday with an unusual cargo: 12 bottles of wine and 320 grapevines.

They were taken into space in November 2019 and March 2020, respectively, as part of an experiment organized by European startup Space Cargo Unlimited (SCU), it said in a statement published Monday.

The vines will be analyzed to see how they have changed during their time in space, where the effects of microgravity and a higher radiation exposure than on Earth accelerate genetic changes.

Expert tasters will also taste the 12 bottles of Bordeaux to see what effects its time in space has had on the wine.

"Space Cargo Unlimited will investigate how space radiation and microgravity affect wine components during the ageing process," the company said in a statement back in November 2019.

Researchers believe that vines and wine are "ideal study materials" to assess the future of agriculture as climate change continues to change growing conditions.

Planned future experiments include measuring the effect of space conditions on the fermentation of bacteria and yeast, SCU said.

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