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- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 2:52
During the Gemini 3 space mission from 1965, astronaut John Young hid a corned beef sandwich before taking off and ate it while the spacecraft was already in space.
It may sound normal, but bread comes with crumbs, which may float around the space station, infiltrating the expensive and not to forget, crucial space equipment, which could be concerning.
But now, thanks to the recently introduced German engineers microgravity furnace astronauts can eat fresh pastries, such as scones.
"Baking where nobody baked before", said the team behind the Bake In Space experiment. Then, tortillas replaced bread altogether.
"In order to improve astronauts' well being on long-duration missions such as on a Moon base or on Mars, food plays an essential key role", the company wrote on its website.
What's more unsafe in space than, say, a weapon-wielding alien?
Because of the micro-gravity environment, the bread crumbs could prove problematic should they make their was into ventilation and electrical systems, NBC News reported.
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The scientists, part of a company called Bake in Space, still haven't perfected the recipe, or determined how it will be baked, but the company said it will test several approaches during a European Space Agency mission to the International Space Station next year. The team plans to control the entire baking process from the ground via video feeds from inside the oven - that way the astronauts won't have to worry about burning their loaves on top of their other duties. As they explain online, "besides a source for nutrition, the smell of fresh bread evokes memories of general happiness".
Led by founder Sebastian Marcu, the team is determined to develop a crumb-less bread that astronauts cannot only eat in space, but bake there, too.
The Bake In Space experiment will try to produce "typical" weekend German bread rolls using a compact, low-energy convection (or possibly vacuum) oven and a special dough that produces a palatable, but crumb-free bread. "It is a symbol of recreational time and procedure down on Earth".