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Beer In Space? SpaceX Launching Budweiser Experiment To Space Station

Budweiser will story barley in microgravity, leading the way to possibly growing the grain on long-duration space missions. Photo: Space Tango

SpaceX is set to launch a cargo capsule packed with supplies Wednesday to the International Space Station. Beer lovers might want to take note of one experiment hitching a ride.

Researchers at Anheuser-Busch, Bud’s parent company, are studying how barley seeds malt in space — a critical step in extracting sugars from the grain for brewing, distilling or food production.

Research from the experiment could help adapt the grain for long-duration spaceflight or altering the genes of the seed for better uses here on Earth.

It’s one of many experiments and supplies hitching a ride to the station on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket including a fleet of mice used for muscle degeneration research and an AI-powered robot that will help astronauts on board the station.

NASA pays private companies like SpaceX to ship supplies to the station. This is SpaceX’s 19th mission under the contract.

Liftoff is scheduled for 12:51 p.m. from Cape Canaveral. Weather remains favorable.

Watch the launch live on our Facebook page.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »