What kind of food do astronauts eat?

I was wondering because they can't possibly bring 'normal' food for weeks/months of trip which need heaps of storage... or can they?
 
Food in tubes, MRE types, freeze dried items... then there are some that are essentially TV dinner types, but under vacuum. Water is the far larger issue AFAIK

...Not too many beans or cruciform veggies though... bad gas. :smile:
 
Not too many beans or cruciform veggies though... bad gas. :smile:
Nonsense. That dry odorless recirculated air gets boring you know. You gotta spice it up a notch. BAM!

But don't bring chips, especially ruffled ones. They'll CLOG THE INSTRUMENTS!
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Here's what they eat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_food. Sure looks better than what we get from United Airlines. :grumpy:
 
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I saw astronauts eat MnMs in space before. Is there no gravity in the space ship at all times? Does that mean they keep floating around?
 
I saw astronauts eat MnMs in space before. Is there no gravity in the space ship at all times? Does that mean they keep floating around?
They're in free fall, so it's effectively 0 g... so yep, they keep floating. It's apparantly quite a lot of fun by all accounts (eating the MnMs that is), and you can do similar tricks with liquids... although there's a clear risk there.

I'd guess potato chips are disdained... imagine chip-fragments in freefall!

edit: It has to be better than THIS!!!

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edit: That's tubed Borscht.
 

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What kind of food do astronauts eat?
This and that, you know? Big bangers and mash, if they're Brits. Else something like black holey ravioli with space aged cheddar. Dessert is usually globular custard or supermassive blackforest cake. And lots and lots of cosmic microwave snacks in between meals.
 
This and that, you know? Big bangers and mash, if they're Brits. Else something like black holey ravioli with space aged cheddar. Dessert is usually globular custard or supermassive blackforest cake. And lots and lots of cosmic microwave snacks in between meals.
:rofl:

I'll pass the on the supermassive schwarzwald cake... I might exceed my 'limit' and collapse.
 
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I was wondering because they can't possibly bring 'normal' food for weeks/months of trip which need heaps of storage... or can they?
They eat launch meat. I was told "The food was good, but the place lacked atmosphere".
 
They eat launch meat. I was told "The food was good, but the place lacked atmosphere".
Ohhhh... Lame... Jokes... Thread... *death rattle*


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They eat launch meat. I was told "The food was good, but the place lacked atmosphere".
:rofl:

I watched a show on developing food for the astronauts. Apparently the sense of taste is diminished in space, so the food is made extra spicy. Liquids getting loose can be disastrous, so all liquids are sipped out of pouches, same reason small grainy food is not allowed. The Americans are not allowed to take alcohol, so they are happy to share the Russian's vodka rations.
 
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I thought astronauts had to be fit. The foods seems horrible (no offense) health wise as well as for taste.
 

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I watched a show on developing food for the astronauts. Apparently the sense of taste is diminished in space, so the food is made extra spicy. Liquids getting loose can be disastrous, so all liquids are sipped out of pouches, same reason small grainy food is not allowed. The Americans are not allowed to take alcohol, so they are happy to share the Russian's vodka rations.
I think the small grainy food means powdery food. One would not want powder floating around.

Condiments are provided such as ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. Salt and pepper are available but only in a liquid form. This is because astronauts can't sprinkle salt and pepper on their food in space. The salt and pepper would simply float away. There is a danger they could clog air vents, contaminate equipment or get stuck in an astronaut's eyes, mouth or nose.

. . . .
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/living/spacefood/index.html
 

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Despite its "threat" to the astronaut, spicy foods are popular in space because most of the food is dried in one form or another and zero gravity does nothing good for sinuses or flavor. And this article notes "NASA's food laboratory carefully balances diets between six categories: beverage, rehydratable, intermediate moisture, thermostabilized, irradiated, and natural form."Yum. Astronaut Don Pettit brought along small cans of green chilies on one Space shuttle trip. On a previous mission, taco sauce had become carefully guarded currency.
http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/16026

[Former astronaut Sid] Gutierrez, who said he knew he wanted to be an astronaut since grade school, spoke Monday in the Administration Building Auditorium to kick off the Laboratory's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Gutierrez also drew chuckles when he said space travel affects a person's taste buds. He said shuttle crews always take spicy accouterments like taco sauce to make food taste better. The taco sauce, he said, also could be used for barter. "If it was your turn to say, clean the latrine, you could trade for two packets of taco sauce," he said.
http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/pa/News/091697.html
 
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One lives down the street from my parents. He agrees with me. What in the world are you up to, Evo?
I don't know what you are up to, Mug.

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/k-4/features/F_A_Matter_of_Taste_prt.htm

Space has always been full of mysteries. People have researched space. People have explored space. Many questions have been answered. We learn more about space with every trip we take. There are still a lot of questions to answer. One question is: why doesn't food taste the same in space?

People who live in space have said that food is not the same in space. Some astronauts say it tastes bland when they are in orbit. Some do not like their favorite foods. Some love to eat foods they would never eat on Earth. Some crew members say they can't tell any difference. Why? NASA has some clues. But, no one is completely sure.

Edit -- beaten to the punch by Gokul...
 

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When It Comes to Living in Space, It's a Matter of Taste
NASA has come a long way from Tang and toothpaste-like chow, but even with more Earthlike vittles, spicy food seems to be a favorite of taste bud-challenged space station crews

Since the early days of manned spaceflight, astronauts have reported that eats taste different in microgravity. Many said that flavors are dulled and they crave fare that is spicier and considerably more tart than they would prefer on Earth. It's not uncommon for space travelers to enjoy cuisine in space that they couldn't stand at home, and vice versa.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=taste-changes-in-space
 

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Anecdotal reports from the crew have suggested that the sense of taste changes in microgravity. Since approximately 85% of what you taste is what you smell, it is not clear whether this phenomenon is due to fluid shift in the body, vehicle air currents where hot air does not rise, or that the food is not piping hot in temperature. The observed effect could also be related to the fact that the crew is far from home and the result may be the need for “comfort foods”.
from CHANGES IN SPACE FOOD OVER THE LAST 45 YEARS

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20060049069_2006250584.pdf
 
Is the lack of smell more distinct in micro-gravity than it is in an airplane at altitutde? The latter also compensates by over-spicing by ground standards... maybe it's just a function of living in a pressure vessel...
 
They eat at Planet Hollywood. The menu includes astro surf and turf, venus clams, and Capricorn. They wash it down with a vodka sunrise. Also, they eat lots of candy, Mars Bars, Milky Way bars, Moon Pies. Also Tang.
 
They eat at Planet Hollywood. The menu includes astro surf and turf, venus clams, and Capricorn. They wash it down with a vodka sunrise. Also, they eat lots of candy, Mars Bars, Milky Way bars, Moon Pies. Also Tang.
:rofl:

You're going to the 'bad place' for that, and I am too for laughing.

Venus Clams... that's out of the park man. :biggrin:
 
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mmmm Moon pies!
 
What I find so amazing, is that the freeze-dried ice cream of many a science museaum gift-shop fame... is NOT eaten (at least, not now). Too powdery, and apparantly not very popular withe 'naughts.

@Hypatia: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/southern-moon-pies/Detail.aspx

They are... oh... they're very good.
Doesn't, however, keep the kids from wanting it from the gift shops (or, admittedly, even me, from my own fond gift shop memories).

Also Tang.
Mmm... Tang. More nostalgia there.
 

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What I find so amazing, is that the freeze-dried ice cream of many a science museaum gift-shop fame... is NOT eaten (at least, not now). Too powdery, and apparantly not very popular withe 'naughts.
I think that's one of those things that lost popularity with the space crowd and found use elsewhere. In this case, I believe it became pretty popular with troops stationed in tropical lands. More recently it's been popular among backpackers. You'll find freeze dried ice-cream in most any outdoor gear store. I like to take some along anytime I'm leading a trip with newbie backpackers. Freeze-dried ice cream + water + strawberries makes for a neat dessert after a long day of trudging through hills and woods.
 

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