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Budweiser takes next step toward brewing beer on Mars

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Beer maker Budweiser is taking the next small step toward brewing beer on Mars.

The company announced this week that it will send and study barley -- one of beer's key ingredients -- into space early next month on the International Space Station. 

Back in March, Budweiser announced its goal to be the first beer on Mars during the South By Southwest conference. Now its taking steps to better understand how ingredients react in microgravity.

To kick-start the research, Budweiser is partnering with experts in the field including the Center for Advancement of Science in Space, a nonprofit that manages the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, and Space Tango, a payload development company that operates two commercial research facilities within the National Lab. 

Two experiments will take place once the barley is in space. Once in orbit, the barley will stay in orbit for about a month before coming down to be analyzed on the ground.

“Budweiser is always pushing the boundaries of innovation and we are inspired by the collective American Dream to get to Mars,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser said in a statement. “We are excited to begin our research to brew beer for the red planet.”

The barley is scheduled to launch on December 4, as part of SpaceX's  upcoming cargo supply mission, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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