Way back when people first started trying to get into space, our trips were so short that there wasn't really a reason to bring food. Even if you had a slice of cosmic pizza on hand, by the time lunch came around you'd landed already. But that rapidly changed, and as our trips to space have gotten longer (Months and more!) we've needed to bring along some snacks.
Astronauts gotta eat, and as you have likely seen in movies, space food used to be...not thrilling. Mashed potatoes in a tube? Steak in a tube? If you could put it in a tube they probably did, and eating was as utilitarian (and tasty) as doing basic maintenance. As you can imagine, this wasn't fun and since pretty much the beginning of manned space flight we've been trying to figure out ways to make space food taste more like home. With some of the top scientists out there working on bringing home cooking to the stars, we can happily retire the tube and break out some real snacks!
Space food has come a long way. While you won't find the food rated online or winning Michelin stars anytime soon, it's possible to have a huge variety of food now. Astronauts will even take stocked goods like peanut butter, honey, tortillas, and yogurt and mix and match whatever they'd like. Need a random midnight snack and stare out at the Earth while munching away? You can do that now! As missions get longer, and destinations like the Moon or Mars come closer to reality, we're even planning on growing some of our own foods on trips to other worlds. This not only helps to reduce the amount we need to carry, but having something fresh after months of shelf-stable food would be a great moral boost as well. Imagine having nothing but food from the pantry and then you get your hands on something plucked just that morning. As delicious as that first step on another planet!
And yes people have had actual pizza in space! Humans are crazy so of course we've done that. Where there's imagination, and hungry astronauts, you'll always find a lot of fun and plenty to go around.
Our pizza here is night-sky cheese, with mushrooms and Martian pepperonis! Guaranteed to keep you full while you explore the cosmos. So grab yourself a slice of Cosmic Pizza 🍕, it's tastier than the Earth version for sure!
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