Astronaut snacks

April 25, 2017
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When it comes to preparing for a long-duration space trip, forget the Tang; what you really need are some wholesome snacks.

"Snack time is a great opportunity to put the right kind of rocket fuel in your body, " Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman to fly in space, said in the video. "And, as always, don't panic — eating healthy is not rocket science."

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti holds up a bag of dehydrated strawberries in this screenshot from a video ESA posted on April 21, 2015.

Credit: ESA

In the video, she casually grabs dried apples, macadamia nuts, a pumpkin-seed bar and other snacks from a rack in the space station's Node 1 (Unity) module, showing all of them before letting them float away off-camera. (Except for one macadamia nut, which Cristoforetti munched.)

All of these snacks have a long shelf life, which makes sense because astronauts don't have access to refrigeration on board the orbiting lab, and the spaceflyers routinely go months between cargo shipments.

Lastly, Cristoforetti displayed a "very special power bar" made just for her. It includes "plenty of healthy nutritious ingredients" such as nuts, seeds, full-grain cereals and the cyanobacterium spirulina.

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Source: www.space.com
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