NASA clarifies about claims ‘space drink’ AS10 may prevent wrinkles, skin damage
NASA has clarified that it had nothing to do with ‘space drink’ AS10 after claims that it repairs skin damage.
Several stories printed in many papers wrote about the research done by the non-existent University of Utah about the NASA beverage saying it showed ‘miraculous’ results in reversing UV spots and wrinkles.
Only two shots of the drink each day is enough to cut UV spots by thirty per cent and wrinkles by seventeen per cent.
However, there was no reference available to any research study of University of Utah.
A spokesperson for the University of Utah said: “Dr. Aaron V. Barson, Jr. was a volunteer/adjunct clinical professor at the University of Utah from 1988 through 2002.
“He currently has no affiliation with the University of Utah and the research attributed to him in the story that ran originally in the New York Daily News titled ‘Space Drink’ concocted by NASA helps reduce wrinkles is in no way connected to the University of Utah”.
AS10 was made as a nutritional supplement for astronauts to protect them from high radiation levels outside the Earth’s atmosphere.
According to other national papers, ‘startling images’ were published that “may prove that a fruit drink developed NASA to protect astronauts from radiation can rejuvenate the skin” and quoted a “groundbreaking study” that shows that the drink “dramatically reduces wrinkles, blemishes and sun damage after four months”.
However, William Jeffs, from NASA’s Space Centre in Houston, said: “In short, the ‘AS10’ drink substance mentioned in this news story is not a NASA food product.
“NASA has not used any material or food substance described in these various news stories, nor are we conducting any research related to the claims made in these news stories”.
David Wilson, AmeriSciences UK Master Dsitributor, said that the story had “been picked up by other agencies across the world who have not reproduced it naturally” with neither NASA or the University of Utah being involved in Aaron Barson’s “small study”.
Wilson found it rather frustrating due to media misreporting and the PR agencies sending data which said that it is a ‘NASA Quintet’ of five ‘super fruits’ added to the beverage that accounted for its effects, where as astronauts took the quintet in gel capsule form.
He added: “It really is the responsibility of the media to ensure their content is correct. NASA didn’t develop the AS10 drink itself. But as you can see they were involved in joint research to develop the active ingredients in the drink”.