There’s a Blue Moon joke in here somewhere, but it probably doesn’t beer mentioning. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to mention the hottest moon news since the landing itself: a group of college kids are working on a project to have beer actually brewed on the moon.
Team Original Gravity (yeah, they’re all about that OG life) are students from University of California San Diego’s School of Engineering where they are one of 25 privately-funded teams that were chosen out of thousands of entrants to compete for a spot aboard a spacecraft, owned by the Indian startup Team Indus, that’s scheduled to launch on Dec. 28, 2017.
Their experiment is specifically designed to test the viability of yeast on the moon, so we guess they would also hypothetically be able to make bread and whatnot, but come on, we all know they’re doing it for the beer.
“We all appreciate the craft of beer, and some of us own our own home-brewing kits,” Neeki Ashari, Team OG’s PR and operations lead, said in a press statement. “When we heard that there was an opportunity to design an experiment that would go up on India’s moon lander, we thought we could combine our hobby with the competition by focusing on the viability of yeast in outer space.”
Oh, and did we mention that there’s a boatload of money on the line? As part of Team Indus’ “Lab2Moon” challenge, the first team to place a robot on the moon that explores at least 1,640 feet and transmits HD video and images back to Earth wins a $20 million grand prize. The second team to do this gets $5 million, and there’s another $5 million on the table for other special accomplishments.
So, hey, we’re all rooting for Team OG. So long as we get invited to the celebratory moon keg party afterwards.