ISS astronauts may soon eat fresh cookies!
Dried, deep-freezed food is routine meal for astronauts living on the International Space Station. But if a new experiment is successful, they may soon eat fresh,y baked cookies.
The Zero-G oven built by NanoRacks — a space company that helps develop experiments for the ISS — was sent to ISS on November 2, 2019. The cylindrical-shaped appliance, which can be plugged into the same apparatus used for scientific experiments with electricity, is specially designed to withstand the space station’s microgravity environment.
The cookie dough is already in space. Now if the dough rises, future explorers could add fresh baked goods to their limited menu of pre-packaged space cuisine.
NASA says it hopes that using the oven will provide more insight into “basic heat transfer properties in microgravity.” The results will also allow scientists to compare and observe the differences of baking in a microgravity environment and baking on Earth. Scientists are eager to explore the safety implications of cooking common food in space, too.
There are only two bathrooms on the entireISS. The urine of both crewmembers and laboratory animals is filtered back into the station’s drinking water supply.