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Beer launched into space (it now tastes a bit muddy)

Chris Smith (left) and Sammy Graham from European Astrotech, with Pete and Ros Bangs (right), tenants of The White Swan, Whitchurch before the launch

Chris Smith (left) and Sammy Graham from European Astrotech, with Pete and Ros Bangs (right), tenants of The White Swan, Whitchurch before the launch

A pint of beer has been launched into space - however there are no photos of the historic occasion as a ‘magnetic anomaly’ caused the onboard camera to malfunction.

The glass of London Pride reached a height of 27.5km in the earth’s stratosphere, after it was launched from the garden of the White Swan pub in Whitchurch.

However, mission control did encounter one problem.

A statement on the European Astrotech website said: “Unfortunately during the mission both cameras observed a magnetic anomaly which lost all imagery from the memory cards.

“Despite attempts to recover the data it was too corrupted for use.

“A second flight to secure images from the Edge of Space is planned soon.”

The absence of photos did not put a dampener on the experience for White Swan landlady Ros Bangs.

She said: “The pint of beer boiled and froze in space at the same time.

“It eventually landed in Huntingdon and I went and collected it so I have some beer in my fridge that has been into space!

“It was a fantastic experience for me that was great to be a part of.”

The statement on the European Astrotech website added: “The beer was returned to the White Swan in Whitchurch where it was consumed by one of the locals who declared that “it tasted a bit muddy”.

 

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