How Astronauts Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Space

Posted: Nov 22 2016, 5:45am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

How Astronauts Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Space
NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins (left) and Rick Mastracchio, both Expedition 38 flight engineers, pose for a photo with a Thanksgiving meal in the Unity node of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
  • Astronauts will Enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner in Space
 

NASA sees to it that its daring astronauts will enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner in space every time the holiday time comes.

All thanks goes to a US college that prepares such tasty Thanksgiving meals for astronauts while they are busy on their missions in outer space. Some of these meals are as scrumptious as the meals eaten by earthlings on this planet of ours.

At Texas A&M University, comestible items such as sliced turkey breast, candied yams, apricot cobbler and several other dishes are especially made for NASA’s astronauts.  

While these foods come in pouches, they taste so yummy that it is hard to differentiate them from some of the more earthly fare. Many astronauts in space miss their home planet and suffer from nostalgia for such things as baseball and apple pie.

With these dishes though, they can easily make the connection with their home planet. It is food that comes first and by eating something that tastes so good, they feel a sense of being human which is salubrious for the soul.

Mealtimes in space are often hurried affairs. Yet with these delicious delicacies at moments such as Thanksgiving, the astronauts can kick back their shoes, relax and enjoy some stress-relief in the form of a good old homely meal or two.  

One of the astronauts who has been in space for quite a long time ate the meals with gusto and zest. Normally such foods as peanut butter and jelly on a tortilla roll are the sort of eatables this astronaut eats.

Yet with the novel Thanksgiving recipes coming out of Texas A&M University, the astronauts are mighty glad and their tastebuds are thankful in the end too. Food in space has been a story that has evolved since half a century ago when space travel began for the first time. 

The food that was standard fare for NASA astronauts was the sort that had to be squeezed out of tubes and it was not that tasty to begin with. This is not the case anymore.

Nowadays, the level of aroma, taste, texture and overall feel of the eatable in your mouth is simply mindblowing. Even shrimp tastes good and is not the smelly kind you find in cheap restaurants on earth.

MRE pouches are made to hold the meals. They have a lengthy shelf life and are in every way safe from any chances of becoming infected by bacteria. 

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