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Sushi In Space!
Sushi is now on the menu for the International Space Station , thanks to Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. He and Russia's Oleg Kotov and NASA's Timothy Creamer took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome with a fresh load of raw seafood.
"We had training in Japan and I trained (my space colleagues) to be sushi lovers, so I am going to make a couple of flavors of sushi," Noguchi told a press conference ahead of Sunday's launch of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
"...Some sashimi, and raw fish and sushi and I will bring that up to the space station to share with my crew," he says.
Earlier in the month, Creamer told reporters, “We can’t wait for when Soichi makes us sushi!” For Creamer, a US Army colonel and NASA engineer, this mission will be his first flight to space.
Better than Tang, you say? Probably, but the international flavor of the ISS crew has already lead to some unusual menu items, like tinned perch, curds with nuts, and beetroot soup (borscht) sucked through a straw from a plastic bag.
However, the world's space agencies still have a ways to go, at least according to science fiction fans. Witness this elegant breakfast on board the Projectile, blasted into space from the formidable Columbiad, in Jules Verne's 1867 blockbuster novel From the Earth to the Moon:
Indeed the inhabitants of the new star could not live without
eating, and their stomachs were suffering from the imperious
laws of hunger. Michel Ardan, as a Frenchman, was declared
chief cook, an important function, which raised no rival.
The gas gave sufficient heat for the culinary apparatus, and
the provision box furnished the elements of this first feast.
The breakfast began with three bowls of excellent soup, thanks to
the liquefaction in hot water of those precious cakes of Liebig,
prepared from the best parts of the ruminants of the Pampas.
To the soup succeeded some beefsteaks, compressed by an hydraulic
press, as tender and succulent as if brought straight from the
kitchen of an English eating-house. Michel, who was imaginative,
maintained that they were even "red."
Preserved vegetables ("fresher than nature," said the amiable
Michel) succeeded the dish of meat; and was followed by some
cups of tea with bread and butter, after the American fashion.
The beverage was declared exquisite, and was due to the
infusion of the choicest leaves, of which the emperor of Russia
had given some chests for the benefit of the travelers.
And lastly, to crown the repast, Ardan had brought out a fine
bottle of Nuits, which was found "by chance" in the
provision-box. The three friends drank to the union of the
earth and her satellite.
And, as if he had not already done enough for the generous wine
which he had distilled on the slopes of Burgundy, the sun chose
to be part of the party. At this moment the projectile emerged
from the conical shadow cast by the terrestrial globe, and the
rays of the radiant orb struck the lower disc of the projectile
direct occasioned by the angle which the moon's orbit makes with
that of the earth.
Via Red Orbit.
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