Out of This World: Someone Actually Invented a Whiskey Glass for Astronauts to Use in Zero Gravity
NASA is getting ever closer to having man walk on Mars, but there’s no reason to not have some fun in the meantime, right? Ballantine’s, a liquor company, has designed a special 3-D-printed glass that allows astronauts to drink whiskey in zero-gravity.
How? Why, with science, of course. With a touch of physics magic, Ballantine’s has created this spiral-shaped glass made from 3-D-printed plastic and rose gold. While the whiskey settles at the bottom of the glass, the middle, shaped like a helix, draws the liquid up through the mouthpiece using surface tension created by the drinker’s sucking motion, as well as strong magnets and bolts at the bottom of the glass.That’s right: Our ability to get smashed in space is tied to a futuristic adult sippy cup.
It’s actually quite complex, and there are several steps involved in successfully sipping onboard the space station. “Step three involves then moving the glass down prior to moving your nose into the space where the vapors are resting,” Open Space Agency founder James Parr told 3DPrint.com. “The final motion is to move the glass upwards to capture the liquid in the base plate and let it enter your mouth.”
Technically, astronauts could be drinking whiskey right now, because there is a 3-D printer onboard the ISS. Of course, Ballantine’s has also created a special “space blend” with a higher concentration of flavors for use in zero gravity. Adventure is out there, space explorers! (And also at the bottom of this cool glass.)