Being in space is hard for a number of reasons—the loneliness, the lack of gravity, the time away from loved ones, the food. Granted, astronaut food has come a long way since the perception of dehydrated meals and Tang, but it’s hardly gourmet. That’s why the team at Tested—Mythbusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman and Will Smith (no, not that one) enlisted a famous spaceman and a famous chef to try out some space-friendly meals.
Commander Chris Hadfield, who recently returned to earth (but not before filming the first music video in space, a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity (Major Tom)”), was still in space when Tested filmed this episode, in which he works with chef David Chang, he of the Momofuku empire, to create some gourmet space meals. Chang makes some comforting shrimp and grits, and some asparagus, which yes, you can eat upside-down while in space.
There are some considerations to take before Chang’s meal is space-ready—storage on a mission to Mars, the lack of gravity and movement and ability to eat in certain compromising positions, but the break from a typical space meal was probably quite enjoyable. If you’re interested in astronomy or gastronomy, take a look at the episode below.
[via Laughing Squid]