The Challenges of Preparing Food in Space



During the Apollo program, when missions got long enough to require food for astronauts, they had to rely on nourishment like roast beef squeezed from a tube directly intones mouth. Now that astronauts  spend weeks or even months aboard the International Space Station, that fare won't fly. NASA Astronaut Megan McArthur explains how space food is engineered to be as much like normal food as possible, but it still looks like C-rations to us. They don't really cook, because everything they take with them is already fully cooked if needed, but they can warm it up or cool it down in the refrigerator. And since they can't wash dishes, everyone needs to keep up with their own spoon. At about six minutes in, we get to see the chaos of McArthur putting beef in a tortilla and chasing the stray bits around. -via Laughing Squid


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