Astronauts on the Worldwide Area Station have baked the primary cookies in house, however they took far longer than on Earth.
The house station’s Italian commander Luca Parmitano acted as baker aided by NASA astronaut Christina Koch for the chocolate-chip cookie experiment.
Cookies take round 15-20 minutes to bake on Earth however the astronauts found that their most profitable efforts required no less than two hours within the oven in house. The primary and second cookies have been within the oven for 25 minutes and 75 minutes however have been nonetheless under-baked.
The very best outcomes got here from 120 and 130 minutes within the oven.
“We made space cookies and milk for Santa this year,” Koch tweeted.
The prototype oven which can be utilized in microgravity was designed and constructed by Nanoracks and Zero G Kitchen whereas the Double Tree by Hilton resort chain equipped the uncooked cookie dough.
“The ISS smelled like fresh chocolate chip cookies when @astro_luca opened the oven door! Just like home!” Nanoracks tweeted.
“While we have initial visual and scent feedback from the crew aboard the ISS, we’re excited to dive into fully understanding the baking results — including breaking down why the bake time and temperature in space varies from what we are used to seeing on Earth,” Mary Murphy, a Nanoracks payloads supervisor, mentioned in an announcement from Hilton.
Whereas the astronauts mentioned they regarded and smelled like cookies, nobody has tasted them.
Three of the cookies returned to Earth on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on January 7 and can bear testing by meals scientists to find out if they’re edible.
“Currently on the International Space Station there’s really a limited ability to prepare foods in ways that we’re used to,” Zero G Kitchen founder Ian Fichtenbaum mentioned in a video posted by Hilton.
“And now as longer duration space flight is more common you want to focus on making space more comfortable,” added co-founder Jordana Fichtenbaum. NVG
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