Japanese Whiskey Arrives At ISS

Posted: Aug 25 2015, 5:18am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 25 2015, 8:03am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Japanese Whiskey Arrives at ISS
Japan’s “Kounotori” resupply ship is installed to the Harmony module. Credit: NASA TV

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There are several complexities associated with the ISS. These apparently include among them: liquor and mice.

The Japanese JAXA Vehicle was loaded onto the ISS. It docked and stuck to a portion of the ISS. This is indeed a miracle of modern engineering. The astronauts aboard the vessel will engage in research regarding the planet.

Over 8000 pounds of paraphernalia are on board the vessel which has attached itself with the ISS. Among these odds and ends of equipment may be included a 1400 pound electron telescope. There are other things such as food, provisions and supplies.

JAXA and NASA are fully cooperating on this mission. The crew on board the ISS will have plenty of comestibles to last them till the end of next year. The astronauts’ urine is recycled via a special piece of equipment.

This is so that it gets totally filtered into pure water that is worthy of being consumed. And there is a space toilet to boot. A Respiratory Support Pack is in place too. It will come in handy during spacewalks. And the booze from Japan includes a case of the hard liquor.

Experiments are going to be carried out on the whiskey in outer space, according to NASA. These include testing to see how wine ages in the vacuum of space. Alcoholic beverages tend to mellow with time. But how they will react in outer space is a moot point.

It is after four days that the JAXA Vehicle has docked onto the ISS portal. A robotic arm was employed to grab the vehicle from outer space. One of the strangest of things that was on board the JAXA Vehicle was a dozen or so lab mice.

These would be tested in the environment of zero gravity to see how their bodies reacted. Astronaut Scott Kelly is on board the ISS too. His twin, Mark Kelly meanwhile is on earth. The difference between identical twins in different settings will be observed via this procedure.

As for the electron telescope, it will get employed too. This will be used to make closeup observations of the heavenly bodies. Space is indeed the final frontier. Mankind’s quest to explore outer space is getting bolder and bolder with each passing second.

The scenario is one where space colonies will get built on various planets in the near future. Terraformation is the process whereby an environment is generated on a foreign planet. And although it is still an infant science, the scope for it is virtually limitless.

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