What Is It Like to Eat and Drink in Space?
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Naturally, various questions arise when it comes to eating and drinking space. So, what is it like to eat in microgravity? Well, we can say that it's definitely different from what it's like here on Earth. Contrary to what you'd expect, astronauts actually eat regular food that we eat in a day; they get pizzas, puddings, honey, spinach, burritos, and more. However, there are some criteria that should be met before the food gets in the spacecraft.
They come as compact as possible as spacecraft are not very spacious to fit in every material and a lot of people. Another one is that space missions can last months, so should food. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield explains that, for example, a package of tortillas can last 18 months without being spoiled.
Food also doesn't exactly taste the same as it does on Earth due to microgravity, so astronauts try spicing it up with liquid salt and liquid pepper. Liquid or paste forms are pretty common so as to avoid little grains or particles from floating away in the spacecraft.
It might all seem like torturing the crewmembers aboard with so many details to watch out for, but don't worry, they are actually eating healthy and enjoying their missions while diving deep into space.