Why Drinking a Beer in Space is Impossible



Astronauts must give up many of the comforts of home when they embark on space travel — privacy, the comfort of a familiar bed, home-cooked meals, and even beer. There’s no way to break open a brewsky in space, since the bubbles aren’t buoyant in a weightless environment. That means they remain distributed throughout the fluid, even after swallowing. Consequently, a beer may become a foamy mess during space travel. Some experiments have been done with special microgravity dispensers, but it hasn’t been perfected yet. Even if one was perfected, there’s no guarantee that beer could be consumed in space. With the absence of gravity, the carbon dioxide bubbles go through an astronaut’s digestive system, rather than being belched out as on earth, and that may cause adverse side effects. So, at least for now, the brews have to stay on earth.