Friday, 6 February 2015

Cooking to be eaten in space

NASA Chef Discloses Secrets of Actually Tasty Astronaut Food | FWx:
"Sometimes it seems like all the hip food-related jobs are working for artisan bakeries and organic Korean taco trucks. Not so. Take for instance Maya Cooper, a member of the team that makes meals for NASA. She figured out, among other things, how to make a crab cake that can be eaten in outer space, which for our money is at least as cool as a short rib burrito. CNN recently spoke with Cooper, who is a food scientist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. It’s her team’s job to delicately navigate the balance between food that meets astronauts’ needs and food that a human—astronaut or not—would want to eat. Living in zero gravity actually requires more energy than living on Earth (floating around all day apparently isn’t as easy as it sounds), so astronauts must maintain a 3,000-calorie a day diet. "

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