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Winemaker builds a Champagne bottle for zero-G

Champagne in zero-G
A team sponsored by the Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar Project samples sparkling wine poured from a specially designed bottle aboard a zero-gravity airplane flight. (Maison Mumm Champagne via YouTube)

Will future spacefliers be able to drink a bit of celebratory bubbly in zero gravity? Leave it to a French winemaker to find out, using some out-of-the-box engineering.

Past studies have shown that carbonated beverages, ranging from soda pop to beer and wine, can turn into a sticky, gassy mess in microgravity.

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By Alan Boyle

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