Brewing beer on the moon? This life-changing question was discussed in the Lok Sabha

There are a lot of important questions humanity has not been able to answer or hasn't answered conclusively.

Are we all alone in the cosmos?
Is the universe infinite?
What exactly is dark matter?
Can we brew beer on the moon?

Clearly, humanity and priorities are best friends forever.

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A report in The Telegraph in January explained how scientists from the University of California are designing a fermentation vessel that will later be transported on an Indian spacecraft to find out whether beer can indeed be brewed on the moon.

Because hey, the cosmos is anyway a dangerous and dark place. Why not make it a happier place with beer? That's the same logic Simon Pegg's character followed during a zombie apocalypse in Shaun of the Dead.

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In fact, this issue is so important that it even made it to the Parliament of India. On Wednesday, the government responded to a question in Lok Sabha about whether an Indian spacecraft was indeed planning to brew beer on the moon.

Union minister Jitendra Singh responded to the question and said that while there was no plan to brew beer on the moon by any spacecraft made by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), there was a privately funded team under the Axiom Research Labs Pvt Ltd which was planning on building a spacecraft and "proposing an experiment to brew beer on the Moon using yeast".

"As understood, the aim of this experiment is to test and observe the survivability of yeast in space and how it performs under Moon’s gravity conditions," Singh further said in his reply.

Scientists have said that finding out how yeast behaves in lunar conditions is crucial for development of pharmaceuticals in space.

The bottom line is: Never underestimate the power of beer.

With inputs from beer... lots of it


Updated Date: Mar 17, 2017 12:50 PM

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