Space-aged wine returning to earth for expert tasting
The twelve bottles of Bordeaux will be examined by scientists to ascertain the effects of space travel on wine.
2020 ties for hottest year on record, the EU postures for big year in space, and French wines return to Earth after a year in outer space The Washington Post is with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on the plane taking him to Moscow from Berlin on Jan. 17, five months after a near-fatal poisoning. A Japanese space capsule carrying rare asteroid material has landed back on earth after a six-year journey covering more than five billion kilometers. Japanese space agency staff applauded as the capsule detached from the probe Hayabusa-2 and began its final approach to earth. The capsule landed at a remote base in Australia. The probe collected rock and soil samples billions of years old from the distant asteroid Ryugo. Scientists hope the material will provide clues about the origins of the universe and life itself. Astronauts blasted into orbit from the U.S. for the first time in nearly a decade, three countries sent spacecraft hurtling toward Mars, and robotic explorers grabbed rocks from the moon and gravel from an asteroid for return to Earth. (Dec. 16)