This January 15, 2020 NASA TV video framegrab shows Astronauts expedition 61 Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Jessica Meir as they venture out into the vacuum of space for about six-and-a-half hours to finish replacing nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries that store and distribute power generated by the station’s solar arrays. (Handout/NASA TV/AFP/File)
Astronauts on the International Space Station have baked the first cookies in space, but they took far longer than on Earth.
The space station's Italian commander Luca Parmitano acted as baker aided by NASA astronaut Christina Koch for the chocolate-chip cookie experiment.
Cookies take around 15-20 minutes to bake on Earth but the astronauts discovered that their most successful efforts required at least two hours in the oven in space. The first and second cookies were in the oven for 25 minutes and 75 minutes but were still under-baked.
The best results came from 120 and 130 minutes in the oven.
"We made space cookies and milk for Santa this year," Koch tweeted.
The prototype oven which can be used in microgravity was designed and built by Nanoracks and Zero G Kitchen while the Double Tree by Hilton hotel chain supplied the raw cookie dough.
"The ISS smelled like fresh chocolate chip cookies when @astro_luca opened the oven door! Just like home!" Nanoracks tweeted.
It took 2 hours of baking in the @kitchen_zero oven to make a gooey, @DoubleTree cookie on #ISS. Microgravity is a fascinating environment, and we're learning more & more each day about how to make long-term space exploration more hospitable! https://t.co/hr12zhT7Zz pic.twitter.com/qPfWyqhhwe— Nanoracks (@Nanoracks) January 23, 2020
"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 manager, said in a statement from Hilton.
While the astronauts said they looked and smelled like cookies, no one has tasted them.
Three of the cookies returned to Earth on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on January 7 and will undergo testing by food scientists to determine if they are 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 said 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.
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