Space cakes: ISS astronauts to begin baking in orbit
The Zero G Oven is expected to be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) by Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsule, which will launch on Saturday, all going to plan. The electric oven can reach temperatures of up to 177 degrees Celsius (350 F), twice as hot as the space station’s current cooking capacity.
"Bringing the Taste of Home To Space- Baking Cookies in Zero-G on ISS" is 1st story by Jean Wright #SewSister#CookieLady & shuttle worker for #SpaceUpClose with @kitchen_zero interview. @NanoRacks@Space_Station#Cygnus#NG12#ISS@NASA_Wallops :https://t.co/B1PhSELI0tpic.twitter.com/gfAQQKHwpf— Ken Kremer (@ken_kremer) October 22, 2019
The cookie dough itself was delivered this summer frozen in plastic bags, resembling hockey pucks more than baked treats. Once baked, they are predicted to look either like a blob or a mini pancake after being cooked in the zero gravity environment.
"Baking doesn't always go according to plan, even on the ground," said Nanorack manager Mary Murphy, from the company that designed and built the oven.
So beautiful to see this, especially with our oven aboard. Loading of the Cygnus for last-minute items! Maybe more cookies? 🍪🍪🚀 https://t.co/DNY4fBDBSu— Zero G Kitchen (@kitchen_zero) November 1, 2019
It goes without saying that things are a little different in orbit; the space cookies will take 15 to 20 minutes each to prepare, so no binging while staring down at the Earth. Oh, and three of the space cookies baked in orbit will be sent back to Earth for 'analysis.'
“You're in space. I mean, you want to have the smell of cookies,” said Zero G Kitchen co-chef Jordana Fichtenbaum.Also on rt.com ‘Time to deliver’ Elon Musk? NASA nervous as spaceship delays threaten to cut off astronauts from ISS
Previous ISS crews have made their own pizzas using flatbread, but this new oven takes the cake… or cookie, as the case may be.
With such busy schedules, it could be weeks before the astronauts can even try out their new oven but the prospect of freshly baked cookies might prove too good to resist, even for Earth’s best and brightest.
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