Monday, March 13, 2023

"Cola Wars" in Space | Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

"Cola Wars" in Space | Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

In 1985, at the height of the "Cola Wars," both Coke and Pepsi products were flown on NASA's Space Shuttle Mission STS 51-F so crew members could evaluate the dispensers and do a taste test. So which company developed the ultimate “out of this world cola?” Learn how the Cola Wars in Space turned out.

STS-51-F (also known as Spacelab 2) was the 19th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program and the eighth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger. It launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on July 29, 1985, and landed eight days later on August 6, 1985.

While STS-51-F's primary payload was the Spacelab 2 laboratory module, the payload that received the most publicity was the Carbonated Beverage Dispenser Evaluation, which was an experiment in which both Coca-Cola and Pepsi tried to make their carbonated drinks available to astronauts. [Wikipedia]

STEM in 30 is a free educational series for kids produced by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. We cover all the cool, fun, and weird ways that aviation and spaceflight touch our lives. 

This video was a part a full episode of STEM in 30 titled: Written in the Sky: The History & Future of Aerial Advertisement: STEM in 30 - Season 9 - Episode 5:    

Credit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Duration: 3 minutes, 28 seconds

Release Date: March 13, 2023

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