Astronauts the toast of Germans

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The two German astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia studied the result of exposing yeast to cosmic radiation in an effort to discover a better beer on Saturday, AFP reports from Houston.

'The German beer company Beck and Co, which paid the German space agency to send this experiment to space, would like to study how the yeast is affected by cosmic radiation,' said the German space agency spokesman, Dietmar Wurzel. 'And they'd like also to see if a new beer could help to reduce hangovers.'