Johnson Space Center, Houston
Station Crew to 'Kick It Up a Notch' With Chef Emeril Lagasse
The crew of the International Space Station will indulge next week in the ultimate "take-out" food, a meal delivered by a NASA space shuttle and designed by chef Emeril Lagasse of the Food Network's "Emeril Live." After tasting several of Lagasse's creations, the three-person crew will talk to the chef at 12:30 p.m. CDT Aug. 10 in a special hookup carried live on NASA TV.
Lagasse sent NASA some of his special recipes for potential use in space. After the required testing and processing, five different meals were selected. Emeril's Mardi Gras jambalaya, mashed potatoes with bacon, green beans with garlic, rice pudding and mixed fruit were delivered to the station aboard the shuttle Discovery in July.
The station is home to NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter. Station crews usually live and work in space for six months. "Our research has indicated that quality, appetizing food is important for the health and morale of astronauts during space missions, especially long ones," said NASA's Vickie Kloeris, who oversees the development and distribution of food on the space station.
Menu options for shuttle and station crews are more extensive than ever before, with about 200 U.S. food items available. Russian food also is available.
For more information about food in space, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/formedia
For links to streaming video, NASA TV scheduling and digital downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
For information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station
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