Eating Food in Space
Have you ever wondered what astronauts eat when they are in space? The answer is, they eat the same food as we do here on earth. Although the food needs to be packed in specific condition so that it can last for a longer duration. In this video, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shows the technique of eating food in space. He prepared his peanut butter-honey sandwich but used tortilla instead of bread to avoid crumbs. Due to having no gravity, it becomes a challenge to eat food in space. Carbonated drinks are not allowed in the space as they can make astronauts vomit.
Quick Facts: –
- Since astronauts do not get much sun and they don’t eat that many fresh fruits so they take vitamin D supplements.
- In space, their tongues do not make enough saliva so that their taste buds can work well.
- In the present time, the menu on International Space Station has more than 100 items.
- Astronauts have total three meals in a day and snacks can be eaten at any time of the day.
- They have to consume at least 2000 calories in a day so that they can stay healthy.
- Astronauts attach their food containers and utensils by using Velcro fasteners to make sure their food does not float off.
- Drinks are also dehydrated and kept in powder form in special pouches.
- NASA space food scientists are developing an Advanced Food System so that the astronauts in the near future can have safe, nutritious and appetizing food.