Want to dine with the astronauts in space? Well, your dreams can come true on Thursday, July 14 as the shuttle Atlantis crew hosts a virtual dinner.
Orbital dining gurus will have to cook from themselves, but NASA will provide the recipe on their Web site: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/american_meal.html
All are invited to share the All-American Meal with the crew at their scheduled early to mid-afternoon dinner time.
Since the crew is launching in July, we thought it would be fun to have a typical summer meal often enjoyed in our backyards with friends and family, said Michele Perchonok, NASA food scientist and manager of the shuttle food system.
The crew's American menu begins with crackers, brie cheese and sausage. The entrée features grilled chicken, Southwestern corn and baked beans. The meal concludes with the quintessential American dessert-apple pie.
This is all thermostabilized or dehydrated food, of course, to prevent spoilage. The astronauts will take their pouched food and either mix it with water or warm it in a small oven.
The Atlantis astronauts are halfway through a planned 13-day mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
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