In Honor Of Taco Tuesday, An Astronaut Makes Her Own Version Of The Food In Space

Jun 9, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
If you thought being on a business trip to Dubuque, Iowa was bad for homesickness, imagine being an astronaut at the International Space Station. When you're far away, all you want is a home-cooked meal, and, most likely, something that will take you to your comfort zone. Astronauts are about as far from home as can be, so having some of their favorite food items on hand is essential. That's why each of them is allowed a few "bonus" food items that remind them of their favorite foods.

Here, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti demonstrates how she makes a favorite recipe of hers - a quinoa salad with dried tomatoes, mackerel and leek cream, wrapped up in a soft tortilla. Cooking in space requires having to make sure nothing floats away, so she has a sticky board that holds her ingredients and her trash. Flour wraps are very popular in space, because, unlike bread, they have a much lower tendency to leave crumbs that could then float away and get lodged in sensitive instruments.
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