Were you aware, that even as you’re reading this, Ardbeg Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky is part of an experiment up in the International Space Station? Oh sweet futuristic distilleries it is true!
The BBC News site reports on April 9, 2011, “Compounds of unmatured malt were sent to the station in an unmanned cargo spacecraft in October last year, along with particles of charred oak.
Scientists want to understand how they interact at close to zero gravity.
NanoRacks LLC, the US company behind the research, has said understanding the influence of gravity could help a number of industries, including the whisky industry, to develop new products in the future.
The experiment, unveiled at the Edinburgh International Science Centre, will last for at least two years.
The molecules are tiny parts of the two substances known as terpenes – a set of chemicals which are often aromatic and flavour-active.
It is believed the experiment is the first time anyone has ever studied terpenes and other molecules in near-zero gravity.
The researchers are also measuring the molecules’ interaction at normal gravity on Earth so they can compare the way the particles mature.”
Obviously I think this is the coolest thing to happen in science since a bunch of dudes decided to sling particles around to go looking for the Higgs boson, or the people at Fage figured out how to make such damn tasty Greek yogurt with like, no calories, so I can dump fatty high calorie granola in it and still feel like a saint. Where was I?
Oh yeah, I thought this was really cool so I went to the International Space Station website to learn more, but when I found it listed in the experiments I got “Page Not Found” when I clicked the link. Thanks NASA, I’m sure the page was a victim of budget cuts.
Then I went to the NanoRacks website, the company stated as being behind the research in the BBC article. There I could find NOTHING about the experiment! Even using their site’s search engine!
Are these guys ashamed of their whisky endeavor? Obviously those who know me can guess what I’m going to say. As far as I’m concerned NASA and NanoRacks should be terribly ashamed of themselves and their experiment with Ardbeg Scotch Whisky. It should have been done with rum.
For those who want to learn more about Ardbeg Scotch Whisky, here is their website.
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