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Ever tried space kombucha?

The now-trendy ancient fermented tea is just as popular on the International Space Station as it is on Earth, but not for the reasons you might think. As reported by Motherboard, the European Space Agency is using the bacteria and yeast used to make the drink to understand how microbial life grows beyond our planet. Specifically, they want to see how the kombucha-making organisms react when placed in containers exposed to unfiltered solar light, cosmic radiation, vacuum, and temperature changes in space.