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Astronauts create first ever food baked in space

January 24, 2020 | Comment icon 5 comments



Space cookies... the future of junk food ? Image Credit: Twitter / @Astro_Christina
In a first-of-its-kind experiment, the astronauts aboard the ISS have baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
It's something we take for granted here on Earth, but in a zero-gravity environment the process of baking food is something that astronauts have had surprisingly little experience with.

Now though, a new experiment designed to explore cooking options for long-haul space missions has seen the crew of the International Space Station undertake a spot of rudimentary baking.

To create the cosmic cookies, astronauts Luca Parmitano and Christina Koch baked the dough to determine the ideal cooking temperature and timing.
It turned out that baking takes much longer in space - over two hours - compared to 25 minutes on terra firma. A special prototype oven was also needed to heat them up safely aboard the ISS.

Unfortunately for the astronauts there won't be an opportunity to taste the finished product just yet - instead they will be sent back down to Earth for testing to ensure that they are safe to eat.

If all goes well however, freshly baked goods could very well be on the menu during future missions.



Source: BBC News | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
Cue the misogynists 'joking' about a woman baking in space.
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam 3 years ago
Yeah, being safe to eat would seem to be a major issue.  Can they come back with this story when they know they have cracked it as its a bit pointless if the trials could take years and untold chocolate  chips later it is still not edible    
Comment icon #3 Posted by Habitat 3 years ago
They don't have barbecues up there ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod 3 years ago
The astronauts have already made pizzas up there. I'm sure after so many months in space, home cooked meal would be a welcomed treat.
Comment icon #5 Posted by South Alabam 3 years ago
Barefoot, pregnant, and in the ISS Kitchen.


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