Can I drink in space? It’s an important way for astronauts to communicate.

Beijing time on February 14, according tomedia reports, in Russia’s “Peace” space station, astronauts can drink, but they are best to drink with a straw, drink is a small liquid beads, floating on the space station. In Chris Carberry’s new book, Drinks in Space: Past, Present and Future, he documents humanity’s “space drinking culture.”

Can I drink in space? It's an important way for astronauts to communicate.

1, pictured on Christmas Day at the Mir space station in 1997, Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov (left) and Anatoly Soloviev (right) are clearly more relaxed about drinking in space than American astronauts, and they drink more than just vacations.

In the 1980s, the former Soviet Union built its first space orbiting space station, the Mir space station, the first permanent human-staying space research center, when it was an impressive space drinking ground, and despite Russia’s rules banning astronauts from drinking alcohol, Brandy, in particular, is often sneaked to the space station. For many Russians, drinking in space is an important part of astronauts’ relaxation and social interaction.

Can I drink in space? It's an important way for astronauts to communicate.

2, this is the time of meal seating at the Mir space station, in this 1997 photo, American astronaut Jeff Grunsfeld( left) is drinking, while astronauts Valerie Colson and Alexander Carelli look on.

According to Russian cosmonaut Alexander Lazutkin, during long space missions, especially in the early days of space, our astronauts had a drink in their rations, and Russian doctors had suggested using cognac to boost the astronauts’ immune system and improve physical coordination.

Despite official restrictions, Russian executives know that some of the astronauts arrived at the Mir space station with alcohol, and Jeffrey Manber, chief executive of the space logistics company Nanoracks, worked for Energia, a manned space flight contracting company, in the 1990s.

In the 1980s, the former Soviet Union and the United States collaborated to establish the Mir space program, which aims to transport astronauts to and from the Mir space station and allow NASA to conduct long-term exploration missions there, as part of the agreement, U.S. astronauts will also arrive aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Mamber said.

It’s the first space collaboration between the two former Cold War rivals since the Apollo-Soyuz test program in 1975, and they’ve made it clear to the space station that astronauts (who were basically men at the time) have to be on the station 24 hours a day, and they can take a day off on Saturday. Drink some cognac brandy or vodka, or watch movies or books. It is reported that at that time, Russia and some European astronauts sometimes drink alcohol on the space station.

Can I drink in space? It's an important way for astronauts to communicate.

3, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata demonstrates how to drink water, not drink alcohol, at the International Space Station.

Mamber recalled that NASA was “very shocked” by the prevalence of drinks and drinks on the Mir space station, and that while astronauts drank only a small amount of cognac after hard work every day, the practice ran counter to NASA’s policy and philosophy of a space ban. NASA then communicated with Russia, France and other European countries to express concern about the behavior of drinking in space, but Russia and France believe that astronauts drinking on the space station need not be taken seriously.

For the French, he explains, drinking is an extension of French culture, they have very delicious brandy, and I’ve had it, and in the 1990s, the French space agency provided hearty food for the astronauts on the Mir space station, who made the chef’s delicious foie gras. The French don’t want their astronauts to eat only standard astronaut rations. They wanted to entertain their national heroes with French delicious food and cognac.

Despite The ambivalence of American attitudes toward drinking behavior in social and space environments, American astronauts stationed on the Mir space station often participate in drinking celebrations and often drink cognac. In 1997, astronaut John Grunsfeld, who had been on a space shuttle mission, had attended a social gathering on the Mir space station, and he recalled that when the mission was halfway through, we were invited to a social event on the space station. At that time, Russian cosmonaut Valeri pulled out a small bottle and asked: Is this vodka? He said: No, we will never bring vodka into space, this is brandy.

Grunsfeld said it was interesting to see the Progress supply spacecraft put high-quality cognac brandy in a medical box and transport it to the Mir space station, where it was packed into a small bottle of no more than 250 ml, and with a single push, a strange small ball droplet floated in the cabin. At the party, each astronaut would distribute a tiny brandy drop letuage, no more than 25 milliliters per drop, which is a good social gathering and, as far as I know, no one gets drunk.

Grunsfeld fully understands why NASA is reluctant to let astronauts drink on space missions, but he believes that the longer humans leave the ground, some rigid rules may need to be appropriately adjusted, and if properly managed, I don’t think there will be any problems with space drinking, once astronauts start living in space. I’m not sure there’s any real danger beyond the huge threat to the space environment.

Grunsfeld is not the only American astronaut to enjoy a drinking party at the Mir space station, he says, when Michael Fowler visited the Station in 1997 and seemed comfortable with the occasional drink, like camping life. Socializing in the space environment is really important, and while space food tastes a little less, astronauts are already very content, and if they offer some drinks at a party, they’re going to be popular with astronauts.

As before, astronauts drink ingress brandy on the Mir space station, which is pumped up a few drops with a straw, which will spread through the mouth and above the nasal cavity because the station has no gravity to draw it into its throat… Alcohol is quickly absorbed by the body, just like smoking, and you’ll get excited right away, and then when it gets down your throat, you end up feeling that warm.

The Mir space station is known to be a highly stressed environment, with Russian and U.S. cosmonauts experiencing several catastrophic events, including a fire and a collision with a docked cargo ship in the months that followed. Whether the astronauts’ drinking alcohol has anything to do with these events is thought-provoking, but when media reports about the availability of cognac brandy on the Mir space station, various news reports seemed to suggest a link between the problem and the accidental disaster, and questions were raised about whether the Russian cosmonauts were sober.

Despite the many negative stories about astronauts drinking in the space environment, one thing is certain: cognac brandy is important and a good ceremonial contribution to helping U.S. and Russian astronauts build friendly relations. Because it was a critical time for the two superpowers to actively develop space exploration, it was concluded that providing alcoholic beverages “forever” in space was a good policy that laid the foundation for the partnership between the United States and Russia on the current International Space Station.