Last month marked 50 years since Neil Armstrong declared, "The Eagle has landed." But after making that historic announcement, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were holed up in the cramped lunar lander for another six-plus hours before stepping out on the moon. So Aldrin did what any of us might after a particularly intense day at the office: He broke out the wine. Thanks to an informative article on WineSpectator.com, we now know that not only did man land on the moon in 1969 - there was wine on the moon as well.
It wasn't exactly a wine party: History has it that Aldrin wanted to take Communion on the trip and had brought along some bread and a little chalice. He later wrote that in the low gravity, the wine “curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup." 50 years later, NASA doesn't play around when it comes to alcohol consumption. They have been quoted as saying "Alcohol is not permitted onboard for consumption".
But "there have been experiments in the past that have flown alcohol mixtures," NASA has said. In a recent experiment, astronauts took Budweiser barley up to the International Space Station to evaluate how it would fare in space. Maybe Mars beer will be in our future. But Mars wine could be even more fortifying. A study funded by NASA and published July 18 in Frontiers in Physiology found that resveratrol, the red-wine compound that makes you strong and healthy here on the blue planet, could help prevent muscle deterioration that space colonists would have to deal with in low-gravity conditions on the red one.
The Russians, for their part, have been drinking in space for "health" reasons since at least the '70s. Cosmonaut Aleksandr Lazutkin told the Interfax agency back in 2010 that doctors had recommended Cognac in his and his comrades' rations to "stimulate our immune system" (he did not say how much Cognac was required). Around the same time, NASA was preparing to equip the Skylab team with Paul Masson California "parabolic" Sherry, but unpleasant aromas and killjoy earthlings grounded that plan. But they couldn't say "non" to a Frenchman: On the first French-American collaborative shuttle flight in 1985, Patrick Baudry packed a half-bottle of 1975 Château Lynch-Bages. It remained safely corked, however—life support systems and all that—and is now on display at the château.
Maybe wine on the moon or in space otherwise, is something future humans will enjoy! Until then, we cultivate and protect our favorite bottles here on Earth. Book your Vino Vault at Extra Space Storage today! We have climate and humidity controlled units in several different sizes and HVAC and generator backup as well!
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