A sandwich is a simple meal to make on Earth, but on board the International Space Station a mere slice of bread can be a serious threat. The last time astronauts were seen eating bread was 32 years ago, in 1985, when the STS-51D crew of the Discovery ship brought a homemade bread aboard. Due to the microgravity, the breadcrumbs flew everywhere but fortunately, they were not inhaled and did not get into the electrical panels that might have caused a fire on the ship. Since then, bread was forbidden onboard spacefaring vehicles.
The Bake in Space Program – the tasty solution
Sebastian Marcu is the founder and CEO of the Bake in Space program that proposes to bake a special dough that would not break into crumbs. Moreover, the company strives to make it flavorful, so as to mimic the fresh taste of the homemade counterpart for a boost of psychological well-being.
The Bake in Space program is based in Germany and is made up of scientists and engineers to ensure all the aspects of the program are covered. As such, the bread the program aims to bake should address the changes that food is subjected to in space and the nutritional values the astronauts are currently lacking.
Moreover, Sebastian Marcu stated that he wishes to develop future needs that might arise with the advent of space tourism. If people will indeed embark on a journey through space and spend an increased amount of time outside the planet, it is important to expand on the premise of the Bake in Space Program.
The program will start its experiments on board the ISS during the Horizon mission in April 2018 and all the equipment and necessary ingredients will be brought by astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Technologies developed by astronauts will help us greatly in the future and the Bake in Space program is an addition to their extensive research.
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