From ‘Space Tacos’ to Rehydrated Burgers, See What Astronaut Scott Kelly Ate During His Year in Space
American astronaut Scott Kelly just returned home to Earth after an 11-month stint at the International Space Station, and the question on everyone’s mind (or at least ours) has been: What did he eat?
Kelly actually ate pretty well — and not even once from a tube, which is the stereotype of space-dining. While going about his business 250,000 miles above Earth, the astronaut managed to post photos on Instagram of his food. Almost all of his meals came from food that was dehydrated when put on the ship, and then rehydrated before being eaten.
Another quirk of space dining: the International Space Station has no refrigerator, which means that all fresh fruit or vegetables had to be delivered in cargo shipments or by growing them, à la Matt Damon in The Martian.
While Kelly was in space, his twin, Mark Kelly, stayed down on Earth so researchers could compare the effects of long-term space travel on the human body.
Here are some of the highlights from Kelly’s space diet.
A shipment of fresh fruit
Rehydrated “space taco”
Burger on “space tortilla”
Happy #NationalBurgerDay from @ISS! #YearInSpace #Space #Burger #Recipe for Rehydrated Beef Patty with MRE Cheddar Cheese Spread, Ketchup and Mustard on Space Tortilla: (1) Rehydrate beef patty using the onboard potable water dispenser (hot). (2) Allow beef patty 10-15 minutes to fully rehydrate before opening. No grill marks to gauge cook time, so keep an eye on your watch. (3) Use scissors to snip open patty pouch and cheddar cheese spread. (4) Top tortilla with patty, squeeze cheese, ketchup and mustard. (5) Enjoy! #NASA #spacefood #recipe #zeroG #microgravity #cuisine #food
ISSpresso coffee out of a bag
As for kitchen tools, Kelly’s favorite was his espresso maker.
“Even though it’s a remote place and it’s a tough environment because you can never leave – there’s no running water, you have a lot of work to do, you’re always at work – there are little things that make life here more normal, like the espresso machine, which we just got running – which, by the way, is a science experiment,” Kelly told Today show last year. “We only have 15 espresso capsules, so we’re kind of rationing those. But it worked great, tasted great.”
—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda