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French wine, vines headed home after year in space

January 13, 2021

The carefully packed wine - each bottle nestled inside a steel cylinder to prevent breakage - remained corked aboard the orbiting lab. Space Cargo Unlimited, a Luxembourg startup behind the experiments, wanted the wine to age for an entire year up there. None of the bottles will be opened until the end of February. Months of chemical testing will follow. Researchers are eager to see how space altered the sedimentation and bubbles.