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    An Australian micro-brewery has joined forces with a space engineering firm to produce the first beer for consumption in space. The partners believe space beer will become a requirement for thirsty tourists when the space tourism industry takes off, although perfecting the brew has not come without its challenges.

    When the space shuttle Endeavor blasted off on its final mission, it carried with it six crew and a two billion dollar particle detector for space research.

    One thing it wasn't carrying, however, is beer.

    NASA won't allow alcohol in space and probably for good reason, but far away in Sydney, Australia two entrepreneurs are looking ahead to a new era of space travel for tourists, whom they believe will want to sip on a beer as they orbit the earth.

    Dr. Jason Held of Australian space engineering firm Saber Astronautics and Jaron Mitchell, who owns the 4 Pines Brewing Company have already created a prototype for the first commercially available space beer. It's called Vostok "4 Pines Stout."

    [Jaron Mitchell, 4 Pines Beer]:
    "It's going to be the first beer that will be specifically designed to be drunk in zero gravity with upcoming space tourism about to kick off."

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    They even hired a professional space tester to try the beer during a zero gravity flight over Florida, while recording basic biometric data to track effects of the experiment.

    Jason Held says the science is important.

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    And then there's all-important issue of the glass. How to persuade the beer to resist zero gravity and flow the way it does on earth.

    For the pair it's another challenge to be met and overcome. They're confident that within two years, space tourism will be viable business, and that 4 Pines stout will take travelers to even greater heights.