Space Food Facts


by Stacey Blaske January 11, 2017

Space Food Facts

Space in itself continues to be both a mystery and fascination for so many people. The study of what astronauts do, how they entertain themselves, and of course, what they eat in space is something not many people actually know about. But, when you think about it, space food is incredibly interesting! Let’s take a look at some space food facts you can impress your friends with. It’s likely there are some facts here you’ve never heard of before, so get ready to be reminded just how incredible doing something as normal as ‘eating’ can be in outer space. 

  • There are approximately 203 different menu items an astronaut can choose from before making a mission to space. The items are designed to be tasty and appealing, but also to provide adequate nutrition for the astronauts while they’re on their mission. It was found that foods high in sodium actually ended up ‘keeping’ better in space than other foods, but because astronauts need to be in prime physical condition, space programs strictly monitor nutritional facts of each food item offered. 
  • Food packaging is designed with function in mind. There are five different sizes of food packages for space travel, and each one has velcro attached to it. Why? Well, it’s as simple as you might think - so the food doesn’t float away while astronauts are trying to eat it! Packaging is also made to be very flexible, so it can be ‘bent’ easily for maximum storage space when it’s discarded. 
  • Taste buds and tongues actually work differently in space, because the atmosphere doesn’t allow the mouth to create a lot of saliva. So, unfortunately, foods can taste rather bland unless they are made with strong, powerful flavors. That’s why astronauts love spicy foods so much! 
  • Much of the food eaten in space is the same foods we eat and enjoy here on earth. With a few packaging modifications and preparation adjustments, astronauts can enjoy the same things they do on a mission as they do when they’re back at home.

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