Blog: Andy MortonSmall step for vodka but Cognac wins the space race

Andy Morton | 24 February 2014

La Martiniquaise-Bardinet's vodka brand Poliakov has today (24 February) claimed a first with the news that it has launched a bottle into space.

As far as marketing tactics go, the footage of the bottle rising into the stratosphere is fairly impressive, though strikingly similar to that of other amateur YouTube space launches that have seen action figures, and even a slice of pizza, venture into the great unknown.

Until now, vodka has had a limited relationship with space - a surprise, given its connections with Russia. Even though Russian cosmonauts are allowed the odd tipple (unlike their tee-total American peers), they've traditionally stuck to Cognac rather than vodka. In fact, according to this article in the UK's Daily Telegraphcrew on the Mir space station would have so much alcohol squirrelled away that it would float around the vessel unimpeded.

"Sometimes we would bump into a bottle of Cognac," one said. "What a joy it was."




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