What About The Aliens?

As I’ve written previously, I believe that the two most important things we need to establish on Mars are potatoes and miniature pigs. Why? Because bacon-wrapped tater tots. On Mars. But I am forced to admit that there are other crops that need to be planted:


But first, beer.

Budweiser recently announced that they’ll be sending 20 barley seeds to the International Space Station to figure out how well the beer-making ingredient will fare in the microgravity environment.

The seeds will be included in SpaceX’s upcoming cargo supply mission, which is scheduled to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on December 4.

After orbiting in space for approximately 30 days, the seeds will return to Earth to be analyzed.

ASIDE: https://www.youtube.com/user/spacexchannel If you’re not subscribed or at least aware of the SpaceX channel, you just might be reading the wrong blog. Just saying.

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled blog:

Budweiser? I’m not any sort of beer drinker, but even I know that Bud is swill. When (and not if) we attract the attention of other space-faring beings, do we want Earth to be represented by such stuff? I mean, we’re supposed to be doing that “Muslim outreach” crap; what about enrolling a decent German brewery for this?

First impressions count, you know.

One Response to “What About The Aliens?”

  1. Jeffersonian says:

    Once, a couple decades ago, at an SCA event, I had some sparkling mead someone had brewed.

    ‘The mead arrived and Danner took a moment to appreciate Necessitan culture. Colonized by accident over a century before the War, rediscovered only three years before hostilities, the descendants of the survivors of Botany Bay III, the Republic’s third “safety valve” dissident ship, had gone more than a little Norse in their way of life. Properly he should have been drinking from a bull’s horn after spilling a sacrifice to Odin, but this stuff was too good to waste. It was like drinking sunshine, and exports had gone a long way toward bringing Necessity’s economy up to speed….’