A west London brewery attempted to deliver a pint of London Pride into space for astronaut Tim Peake as a reward for him running the gruelling distance of the London Marathon onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Sponsors Fuller’s Brewery in Chiswick , who will be giving out two free pints to runners once they cross the 26.2 mile finishing line on Sunday (April 24), attempted to send the beer in a high altitude balloon but it fell short of reaching the orbiting height of the space station.
The British astronaut who launched into space on December 15 has been keeping in touch with the world via Twitter and in February sent a striking image of London from space.
The boozy mission to space proved to be slightly tricky for the brewers who teamed up with European Astrotech Ltd to launch the pint from The White Swan pub in Whitchurch, Aylesbury.
However it did reach twice the height of Concorde’s cruising altitude to 29.98km or just over 98,000 ft before the balloon burst and safely returned back to earth - that’s 98 Shard’s placed on top of each other.
The failed mission means Tim will have to wait a bit longer for his beer which he can redeemed with vouchers in a pub close to the finishing line like all other participants, once he returns from the ISS.