On Wednesday, the Prime Minister received a question in the Lok Sabha from the Member of Parliament from the TMC and former Union minister Sisir Kumar Adhikari that whether the government was planning to brew beer on the moon.
"Will the Prime Minister be pleased to state: (a) whether an Indian spacecraft is planning to brew beer on the moon; (b) if so, the details of research plan and viability of yeast test therefor; and (c) the universal rules on moon lander therein?" Adhikari asked.
The answer was 'no'. Government? Beer? From moon? 'No'. But: Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh also said that a privately funded team is participating in a competition to build a spacecraft for soft landing on moon, and is also reportedly planning an experiment to brew beer using yeast.
"There is no plan to brew beer on the moon by any spacecraft to be made by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). However, Team Indus, a privately funded team under the Axiom Research Labs Pvt Ltd, is competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition towards building a spacecraft capable of soft landing and roving on the Moon. The spacecraft is proposed to be launched onboard ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) under a commercial launch agreement. As understood from media reports that, Team Indus is proposing an experiment to brew beer on the Moon using yeast," Singh said in his response.
Singh also added that the aim of this experiment was to test the survivability of yeast in space and also to observe how it performs under the conditions of moon's gravity.
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