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An Indian spacecraft may carry a vessel to brew beer on the Moon

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 25 January 2017, 11:05 IST

This may not be the most important thing in the field of space right now, but a team of researchers has nevertheless launched a plan to find out a way to brew our favourite alcoholic beverage on the moon.

Scientists from the University of California are designing a fermentation vessel the size of a Coke can and it may be sent to the moon aboard an Indian spacecraft set to blast off later in 2017.

The researchers say that it is a way to find out how yeast behaves in lunar conditions. The results will be of paramount importance for the development of pharmaceuticals and yeast-containing foods in space.

"The idea started out with a few laughs amongst a group of friends," team member Neeki Ashari said in a statement. "We all appreciate the craft of beer, and some of us own our own home-brewing kits."

The team has entered a competition to fly to the moon later this year with Team Indus, a team from India competing in the Google Lunar X Prize competition.

Now we know what the moon was missing all these years.

Beer, it was missing beer. Cheers!

First published: 25 January 2017, 11:05 IST