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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-28-2007 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the Associated Press:
With help from companies such as Nissin Food Products, the agency, JAXA, has come up with 29 dishes intended to provide Japanese spacefarers with familiar food in their "bonus packs," the agency said in a statement.

...the companies will be able to market their creations with an official JAXA label that reads "Japanese Space Food," the agency added. The agency plans to start shipping food to NASA next month, with use of the food to start next February.

Earlier: Nissin's "Space Ram" Soup

gliderpilotuk
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posted 06-28-2007 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Someone's obviously not had Green Tea Ice Cream (yes, it exists!).

garymilgrom
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posted 06-28-2007 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the launch of STS-116 they had two astronauts talk to the crowd at the KSCVC during the count. One was Robert Crippen but I forget the other person's name. This fellow said no astronaut has ever eaten ice cream in space, that is was a tourist-only product.

He was an entertaining speaker with lots of anecdots from flying the Shuttle, but does anyone know if this is true?

Thank you.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-28-2007 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I interviewed Dr. Michele Perchonok, NASA's manager of the Space Food Systems Laboratory, for last year's Thanksgiving-themed space food article (Space food: squeeze tubes to celeb chefs), I asked her if any of the astronauts had requested freeze dried ice cream on their menu.

"Once, just once," she replied. (For some reason I want to say that it was Story Musgrave who requested it.)

I also asked about fresh ice cream. On STS-121, the crew delivered to the space station a new freezer, the MELFI (Minus Eighty Degree Laboratory Freezer). Dr. Perchonok explained how it allowed for the STS-115 crew to pack ice cream.

"The freezer is a lab freezer and it's not good practice to combine food in a laboratory freezer where you have specimens or whatever stored. However, the freezer went up empty and it wasn't ready to be filled with anything, so we were able to fly some ice cream on the last shuttle flight. Basically they froze it really hard, like -80 degrees for a few days, and then packed it in an insulated box, stowed it on shuttle like hours before it was launching and got it up there. The shuttle crew were under instructions that as soon as they docked to get over there into the freezer and they did. They had ice cream."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-17-2007 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Presenting the Japanese Space Food...

STS-123 commander Dom Gorie, pilot Greg "Box" Johnson and JAXA mission specialist Takao Doi seem to be enjoying it.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-05-2007 12:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Mainichi Daily News:
A curry recognized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as a Japanese space food product is set to go on sale in Japan, it has been learned.

House Foods Corp. will start selling "Space Curry," which is packaged in a retort pouch, on Monday.

The Space Curry is available to order online via House Foods website.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-19-2008 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

From our interview with Takao Doi:

"I am carrying chopsticks, of course, for everyone," said Japanese astronaut Takao Doi, whose role on this flight includes configuring the new Japanese-built module that Endeavour brought to the station. "I am carrying 10 sets of chopsticks for everyone to try Japanese food in space."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-10-2008 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lunch time! JAXA hosted a Japanese space food tasting party here at Johnson Space Center. We had the chance to try a sample of three different Nissin-prepared foods, including "Space Negima" (skewers of chicken breast with Japanese leek), "Space Okonomi" (pancake) and "Space Noodles Curry" (ramen noodles).

The noodles were my personal favorite but all were quite tasty. The pancake came with a fruit-based sauce and the chicken had a teriaki-vegetable based sauce.

All three were prepared while we watched by adding hot water, just like the astronauts.

Space Okonomi, Space Negima and Space Noodles Curry

The food is warmed by adding water and letting stand.

Earlier: STS-124's Japanese space food

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