With no refrigerator and no freezer aboard the International Space Station, space cuisine is a bit of a challenge. Not that anyone’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.
Treat yourself to this sampling:
10. Japanese Takeout
The addition of Japan’s laboratory to the space station not only provided a huge new module for science experiments, it also opened the orbital outpost to Japanese culture — including a nice assortment of new beverages and foods. In 2008, the shuttle Endeavour astronauts were happy to serve as guinea pigs for a variety of new dishes, including negima (a Japanese beef and scallions dish), okonomi, tofu with hoisin sauce and udon noodles. Continue reading