Is an Indian spacecraft planning to brew beer on the moon?

The first hour of every sitting of the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of Parliament, is usually kept aside for a special purpose: questions.

Jitendra Singh, the minister of state in the prime minister’s office, which oversees the department of space, messed up a little—but didn’t let the question get to his head:

No Madam (Editor’s note: Adhikari is a 75-year-old man). There is no plan to brew beer on the moon by any spacecraft to be made by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). However, Team Indus, a privately funded team under the Axiom Research Labs Pvt. Ltd., is competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition towards building a spacecraft capable of soft landing and roving on the Moon. The spacecraft is proposed to be launched onboard ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) under a commercial launch agreement. As understood from media reports that, Team Indus is proposing an experiment to brew beer on the Moon using yeast.