Bubbling Bolt Toasts Zero-Gravity with Champagne

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Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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REIMS, France (Reuters) 

Usain Bolt sprinted through thin air and sipped champagne floating on his back as he enjoyed near zero-gravity conditions in an aircraft performing stomach-lurching parabola dives

The eight-times Olympic champion grinned as he experienced weightlessness in the modified plane normally used for scientific research, but on this occasion to showcase a champagne bottle that will allow astronauts to drink bubbles in space.

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Bolt called it a “mindblowing” experience.

“I was nervous but as soon as the first one (parabola) goes you kind of go ‘oh my God, what’s happening’. But after the third one I was like ‘yeah, it’s crazy’,” Bolt told Reuters TV.

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt poses as he enjoys zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt poses as he enjoys zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

The bottle was designed by champagne-maker Mumm. In time the company hopes to capitalize on the advent of space tourism.

Billionaires Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon Inc, and Richard Branson are locked in a race to send wealthy tourists into suborbital space, high enough to see the curvature of the earth. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has ambitions to send paying passengers around the moon.

 

 

They may want to toast their adventures.

“The tourists will be enjoying the view of the earth, the view of space, weightlessness, and they will celebrate. So maybe there is not a market for a lot of bottles in space, but there is a market for some bottles,” said Jean-Francois Clervoy, a French former astronaut who accompanied Bolt on his flight.

 

(Reporting by Reuters TV; writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Janet Lawrence)

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle who designed a bottle of “Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar” champagne enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, are spayed with champagne from a bottle of “Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar” designed by French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle as they enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle who designed a bottle of “Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar” enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt poses with a bottle of "Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar" champagne as he enjoys zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt poses with a bottle of “Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar” champagne as he enjoys zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt poses as he enjoys zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt poses as he enjoys zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle who designed a bottle of “Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar” enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French Interior designer Octave de Gaulle who designed a bottle of “Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar” champagne enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt poses with staff members holding a bottle of "Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar" champagne after they enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt poses with staff members holding a bottle of “Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar” champagne after they enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, enjoy zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

A view shows a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane before a zero gravity conditions flight above Reims
A view shows a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane before a zero gravity conditions flight above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, and Quentin Meurisse from Martell Mumm Perrier-Jou‘t after they enjoyed zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, and Quentin Meurisse from Martell Mumm Perrier-Jou‘t after they enjoyed zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and Quentin Meurisse from Martell Mumm Perrier-Jou‘t after they enjoyed zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and Quentin Meurisse from Martell Mumm Perrier-Jou‘t after they enjoyed zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, and Quentin Meurisse from Martell Mumm Perrier-Jou‘t after they enjoyed zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims
Retired sprinter Usain Bolt, French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, and Quentin Meurisse from Martell Mumm Perrier-Jou‘t after they enjoyed zero gravity conditions during a flight in a specially modified Airbus Zero-G plane above Reims, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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