They’re Making Whiskey in Space

In the midst of being sauced over Labor Day weekend we missed the news that astronauts are making whiskey in space. From the BBC article:

A rocket carrying vials of chemical compounds from Ardbeg’s Islay distillery was blasted up to the International Space Station last year to test the effects of near zero gravity on the maturation process.

The distillery and ingredients lifted off from Kazahkstan in a Soyuz capsule last year. The entire effort is an experiment funded by Texas-based space research company NanoRacks, the ultimate purpose of which is to get drunk in space study “the workings of these large, complex molecules and help uncover new information about the change they undergo in a near zero gravity environment.” The whiskey won’t be finished until some time in 2013.

Presumably, the experiment will also measure the levels of morning-after remorse one can reach in space.


Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com and if you give it another shot of space whiskey, International Space Station, it’ll tell you the saddest story about a heartbroken rocket that you ever heard.

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