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Budweiser to send barley into space

Budweiser to send barley into space

Yes, there's terrific news for you all. Space agencies across the world are competing against time and each other to figure out a feasible solution to putting humans on the red planet.

Not content with having a slice of the market here on Earth, Budweiser is eyeing up a future colony of Mars as the next place where someone can have one of its beers, no doubt to the chagrin of potential craft beer drinking colonists.

Anheuser-Busch, the brewing company behind the "Great American Lager", announced on Tuesday (Nov. 21) details about its experiments bound for Earth orbit. Twenty barley seeds will be going to launch on board SpaceX's upcoming Dragon resupply mission, where they will be subjected to microgravity for thirty days and tested for germination. Malting barley is a process that results in the high-quality malt used in the Budweiser enjoyed today and the research on the International Space Station will unveil how the barley seeds react in a unique microgravity environment.

"Budweiser is always pushing the boundaries of innovation and we are inspired by the collective American Dream to get to Mars", Budweiser VP Ricardo Marques said in a statement.

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The vice president of Anheuser-Bauch expressed the intention of being the first beer on Mars earlier this year. But it's one thing to talk the talk and quite another to brew the beer - on a distant planet inhabited only by rocks and Matt Damon's stranded astronaut. Along with CASIS, for this project Budweiser will also be working with Space Tango, "a company that operates a commercial facility on the ISS National Lab".

NASA is now working toward possible astronaut Mars missions in the 2030s, though a renewed focus on a return to the moon may alter that schedule. Although a renewed focus on a return to the moon may alter that schedule.

Budweiser will analyse both the effects of barley seed exposure and barely seed germination to microgravity. During the second phase of the research, they will show barley seeds grow in a microgravity environment. Next step and experiment would be seed germination and here water and will be fed to the seeds to observe their growth rate. On the ground, barley typically grows 6 to 10 feet tall (2 to 3 meters) in a two week period.