Michal Bodzianowski, an eleven-year-old sixth grader from Colorado, has developed a way to brew beer in space and his microbrewery experiment will soon be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) where astronauts on board will test it using his instructions.
Bodzianowski bested almost four thousand budding scientists to win a National Center for Earth and Space Science Education competition, which was part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Eleven proposals out of the 744 submissions were selected to fly to space on the Cygnus spacecraft, which is expected to launch in December.
The sixth grader developed his experiment at the STEM School and Academy in Highland Ranch. He’s too young for beer, but explains that beer has ‘medical and survival’ benefits in space. For one, alcohol is a cheap way to purify water so having beer in space may come in handy in case of emergencies.
The microbrewery is set up inside a six-inch-long tube filled with all the ingredients required to make beer. An astronaut in the ISS will examine how the yeast reacts with the other ingredients. Bodzianowski will conduct the same on earth to see if there’s a difference.