We haven’t set a single foot on Mars yet, but it looks like we might see beer on mars before a human.
In early March, the vice president of Anheuser-Busch said that they had aspirations to be the first beer on Mars, and while it sounded like a cute idea, Budweiser is actually going to work with the International Space Station to create a “microgravity brew.”
SpaceX will be transporting goods to the ISS Dec. 4, and among those goods will be 20 barley seeds, along with other key Budweiser ingredients, as beer on Mars might one day be a reality.
“Budweiser is always pushing the boundaries of innovation and we are inspired by the collective American Dream to get to Mars,” Ricardo Marques, vice president of Budweiser said. “We are excited to begin our research to brew beer for the red planet.”
While the Budweiser ingredients are up in the space station, they’re going to conduct two experiments. The first will be for seed exposure, where they’re going to let the barley seeds live on the space station for 30 days, to see how they react in outer space. The second experiment will be seed germination. In this test they will water and feed the seeds for two weeks, just as they would on Earth, to see if they can grow at a similar rate (typically 6-10 inches).
Aside from being a fun trivia question in the future, it would be nice to have beer on Mars, just in case we ever actually start living that Martian life.