Usain Bolt launches first champagne that can be drunk in space during zero-gravity flight over France

ONE small sup for a man, one giant lope for mankind.

Usain Bolt soared away in a special plane – to test the world's first zero-gravity champagne and make a sprinting comeback in, yes, a genuine space race.

 Usain Bolt shows he can match his astronomical achievements on the ground by winning a space race in zero gravity

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Usain Bolt shows he can match his astronomical achievements on the ground by winning a space race in zero gravity

A stellar star needs something posher than a Stella.

So the eight-time Olympic gold medallist, who now plays football for A-League side Central Coast Mariners Down Under, agreed to fly high in an aircraft that recreates weightlessness.

Jamaican Bolt, 32, has always claimed to have had a close bond with fans.

But on this occasion he struggled to keep his feet on the ground as he floated around like an astronaut in the Airbus Zero-G above Reims in France.

 Sprinter turned footballer Usain Bolt helps his astronautical colleagues strike a pose - even without gravity

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Sprinter turned footballer Usain Bolt helps his astronautical colleagues strike a pose – even without gravity
 Jamaican legend Usain Bolt is on top again - this time thanks to weightlessness

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Jamaican legend Usain Bolt is on top again – this time thanks to weightlessness

Usually the plane is for sober scientific purposes, not for off-beat alcohol experiments.

But today Bolt was recruited to taste and toast a piece of history – via a bottle that eliminates gravity, enabling astronauts and space tourists of the future to drink bubbly that's out of this world.

The athletics icon showed who was the daddy as he tasted the Champagne from Mumm, a major French company.

 Usain Bolt shows it is worth the weightlessness as he enjoys time in zero gravity

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Usain Bolt shows it is worth the weightlessness as he enjoys time in zero gravity
 Usain Bolt is off to a flier again as he zooms around in a Moon-like environment

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Usain Bolt is off to a flier again as he zooms around in a Moon-like environment

And Bolt was grinning even wider when he got down on his marks for a zero-gravity sprint with French astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy and Interior designer Octave de Gaulleas, who created the "Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar".

Today's event is an off-shoot of the battle to send some of the world's wealthiest tourists and thrill-seekers into space.

The main players are billionaire Brit Richard Branson and two Americans, Amazon Inc founder Jeff Bezos and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk.

 Olympic legend Usain Bolt has time to take it all in as he enjoys the high life

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Olympic legend Usain Bolt has time to take it all in as he enjoys the high life
 Usain Bolt flew up in a plane modified to recreate space-like zero gravity

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Usain Bolt flew up in a plane modified to recreate space-like zero gravity

ONE small sup for a man, one giant lope for mankind.