By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton
Michal Bodzianowski may be too young to enjoy a pint of beer, but he’s old enough to understand its contribution to science. The eleven-year-old sees beer as “an important factor in future civilization as an emergency backup hydration and medical source” for astronauts who may need antiseptics and an alternative source of potable water. Now his prize-winning experiment will be tested in space.
Michal’s experiment — “What Are the Effects of Creation of Beer in Microgravity and Is It Possible?” — was the winning entry in a “competition that is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, launched in 2010 by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education to spark interest in a new generation of students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM.”
The experiment will launch into space in December.