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Space Food Tidbits

IMAGE: Expedition 2 and STS-105 crews share a meal aboard the ISS.

The STS-105 crew enjoy the hospitality of Expedition 2 onboard the International Space Station. Shared meals offer crewmembers social opportunities that are important to the emotional welfare of astronauts living far from home for months at a time.

Tofu is a vegetarian food item available to astronauts.

The same retort pouch technology used for NASA's space food system was developed by the military for the Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) Program.

The Food Lab began making custom food products in 1998.

On the Space Station, there is no chilled water -- only ambient, warm or hot.

You can have a meal replacement drink in space that is either vanilla, strawberry or chocolate.

The only authentic juice the Space Food Systems Laboratory offers is spray-dried orange juice.

The Space Food Systems Laboratory only uses nonfat dried milk, because fat can potentially spoil.

The astronauts can eat warm desserts such as cobbler and bread pudding in space.

Freeze-dried items have had enough water removed so that no bacteria can grow.

Russia and the United States each provide half of the food items onboard the Space Station.

An astronaut's daily food intake consists of three meals and a snack.

The Station crew operates on a 10-day menu cycle.

Crewmembers can carry on a warm sandwich during launch and eat it when they first reach orbit.

Many of the food items used for space are commercially available and on grocery store shelves.

Flour tortillas are the favorite bread item of astronauts, because they do not give off crumbs.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 05/13/2004
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