Space Food

Official Japanese space food. (pinktentacle.com)

“You can’t expect an average meal on the International Space Station (ISS) to be like a night at the Ritz, but no one’s complaining — the ambiance of orbital dining apparently more than compensates for lackluster meals. But astronauts have a few standby favorites as well as the occasional special treat.” This is what Irene Klotz written in the beginning of her article “Top 10 best space food”. Wow, to have dinner in space! That’s sounds so cool! However the food are not always as delicious as Irene Klotz said. Dave Mosher told people how worse could space food are in his article “Top 10 worst space food”. Below are the top3 best and worst space food, let’s have a look!

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Top 3 best space food(from: top 10 best space food):

1. Mystery Meals
Space station flight engineer Garrett Reisman kept the cameras rolling while he sat down to dinner with his Russian crewmates and visiting shuttle astronauts in June 2008. Among the offerings: a can labeled “Appetizing Appetizer.” Nothing like a little mystery to spice up your life.

2. Dried produce
Fresh fruits and vegetables are a rarity in space, so astronauts make do with a variety of canned and dried offerings. Russian cuisine presents another option: raw onions and garlic. It may sound a little intense for American palates, but after a few months in orbit, apparently folks will try anything to break up the monotony.

3. M&Ms
They’re “candy-coated chocolates” candies or “chocolate-covered peanuts” in NASA parlance, but you and I would call them M&Ms. It’d be a tough call whether astronauts like eating them or playing with them best. What we do know is that the colorful orbs show well on TV.

Top 3 worst space food(from:top 10 worst space food):

1. Brussels Sprouts
Children and future astronauts, have hope: If there’s one food that’s not worth the trouble of flying into space, it’s Brussels sprouts. “To be perfectly honest, I don’t think we’ll ever fly them,” Kloeris said. “We try to pick products that have high demand, and Brussels sprouts aren’t the most popular vegetable in the world.”

2. Fish Vera Cruz
Before shelf-stable fish products like pouched salmon and tuna recently stormed gorcery stores, fish in space was a stinky experiment. The most famous dish was “Fish Vera Cruz,” which was created to address astronaut complaints about fishy odors. Turns out the tomato-based sauce intended to mask the odor actually amplified it. “We flew it in the early (space) station program during Expedition 5, which Peggy Whitson was on,” Kloeris said. “The Russians loved it, but Peggy asked everyone not to eat it because, to her, the smell was nauseating.” When Peggy returned to Earth, the last of the Fish Vera Cruz was gobbled up into spaceflight history.

3. Carbonated Beverages
Cans of Coca-Cola and Pepsi flew in space during the 1980s, but astronauts quickly learned about “wet” burps; without gravity to keep your food and drink down, a little gas in your tummy can turn it into a squirt gun. “Carbonation is definitely something you don’t want in your on-orbit diet,” Kloeris said. Besides, short of taking a stroll in the cold vacuum of space, there’s no refrigerator on board any spaceship — and who likes a warm can of cola?

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