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- First launch
Co-led by two amateur rocket groups, the Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) and Team Hybriddyne, the launch was executed well. However, it took 27 days to locate the rocket because two of the three tracking devices failed at ignition, Floyd said. Also, the rocket fell more than 2 miles (3.2 km) off course, in a region already heavily pockmarked by missile testing. By the time the yeast was retrieved, only a handful of cells were living.
After the minor misadventure, three variants of yeast successfully launched on the so-called Mission Two on Oct. 23, 2014. The launch was carried out by private aerospace company UP Aerospace for NASA's Flight Opportunities Program. Ninkasi's contribution included six vials stored just below the rocket's nose cone. Of those vials, four survived: two with an ale yeast used as the basis for the new beer and two other vials with a southern German lager strait and an alt yeast strain.