Forget the heated, frozen dried space decomposition.
The next International Space Station delivery – scheduled for takeoff this weekend – includes the Zero G. Oven. The chocolate chip cookie dough is already upstairs, pending entry into this small, zero gravity electric oven.
As a tormenting stimulus, trial cookies baked just this week also launched Saturday from Northrop Grumman's Virginia Capsule Cygnus for six astronaut stations.
The experiment explores the possibility of preparing freshly baked goods for space travelers. In view of NASA's journeys to the moon and Mars, home-cooked food is increasingly important. What is now in orbit are essentially warming foods.
Managed by a couple from New York, Zero G Kitchen aims to create a kitchen in the space of one appliance, starting from the oven.
"You're in space. I mean you want to smell the cookies," says Jordan Fichtenbaum, Zero G Kitchen, Jordana Fichtenbaum, a social specialist media for hotels and restaurants. "The kitchen is really kind of the heart of the home for me, and the oven is something where it is. So just make (the space) more comfortable and make it nicer, more delicious."
Outside – this baking world can also lure society and make space exploration more relative, according to her husband, Ian Fichtenbaum, who works in the space business.
He also collaborated on this first-of-its-kind space oven: Texas – Nanorak, who designed and built the oven and organized the flights, and DoubleTree, which supplied the same cookie dough used by the hotel chain for welcome cookies.
"This is the beauty of it for me," Jordan Fichtenbaum said by phone this week. "It's the same recipe and the same thing you get on Earth."
Previous station crews made their own pizzas using flat bread and warmed them in the galley. Astronauts tried another creative kitchen, mixing and warming sliced,
Baking cookies will be slow – the oven can bake only one cookie at a time and it may be weeks before astronauts have time to try it.
Five raw cookies are in the freezer each in a transparent silicone bag and, according to Ian Fichtenbaum, resembles a frozen hockey puck.The maximum oven heat is 350 F (177 V), double the temperature of American and Russian food heaters aboard the space station. The oven uses electrical heating elements.
Nanorack Manager Mary Murphy provides a baking time of 15 to 20 minutes for a cookie at about 325 F (163V) .Ar
The first cookie will be the real test; The cookie-cutter ohm must fill the laboratory each time a cookie comes out of the oven and is placed on an attached cooling rack. can look like a spot or a mini pancake in the absence of gravity. Three of the cookies baked in space will be returned to Earth for analysis.
"Baking does not always go according to plan, even on earth," Murphy says.