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Soon, space tourists can enjoy beer in zero gravity.

London, May 19 (ANI): A pair of Australian entrepreneurs have developed a full-bodied beer, which they believe can pass the trials of being drunk in zero gravity by space tourists.

The beer has been especially brewed with a fuller flavour to counter the loss of taste suffered by astronauts.

"It's going to be the first beer that will be specifically designed to be drunk in zero gravity with upcoming space tourism," the Daily Mail quoted Jaron Mitchell, owner of the 4 Pines Brewing Company as saying.

Mitchell and Jason Held developed the Vostok 4 Pines Stout at space engineering firm Saber Astronautics Australia. A microgravity expert tested the prototype on a zero gravity flight over Florida.

Throughout the test flight the expert drank almost a litre of the beer despite the challenges of keeping the bottle to his mouth and getting the beer to pour out.

"If you look at a beer glass, you've got gravity pulling the liquid down and you have surface tension pulling the liquid to the side," said Held.

"So if you drink, it's very easy... the beer goes right up to the edge of the glass and then comes down. In space this isn't quite so easy because there is no gravity pulling the liquid down," he added.

While tests showed that the recipe is suitable for space, it was realised that a different container for the beer would have to be designed. (ANI)

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