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Space Station Kitchens 1929 and 2015

Recently, International Space Station astronauts and cosmonauts revealed some of their kitchen secrets and preferences.


(ISS Kitchen tour at 7'15")

On Monday, Russian cosmonauts surprised their mission control when they requested 15 packages of mayonnaise to be sent in the upcoming shipment of food to the International Space Station (ISS) instead of lemons and tomatoes.

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti brought an espresso with her to the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2014. American astronaut John Young, who later went to the Moon, challenged some safety protocols when he ate a corned beef sandwich that he snuck in to orbit in 1965.

However, nothing can beat Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield's space kitchen aboard the ISS, which he used to prepare burritos, gourmet pasta and whatever else he could get his hands on with Mythbusters' Adam and Jamie guiding his mission from Houston.

I thought that this material (along with the floating astronaut video) formed an interesting contrast to a very early prediction of a space kitchen. In his 1929 classic The Shot Into Infinity, Otto Willi Gail gave some thought to the idea of cooking in space.


(The Electric Kitchen [1929])

All objects lost weight, apparently. Limbs became free and light, while there was no alteration in the muscular power which was attuned to terrestrial conditions.... A joyous condition commenced for the cook in the electric kitchen. He could now drop plates and cups as much as he pleased; they slowly floated down to the floor and were not broken.
(Read more about Otto Willi Gail's electric kitchen)

Via SpaceDaily.

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