Astronaut Makes Sushi in Space

By | February 27, 2010

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi may be far from home, but not from his country’s trademark dish. He is making sushi in space while floating weightless aboard his current post on the International Space Station, and even wears a chef’s hat while he does it. In a demonstration, Noguchi held a piece of seaweed in one hand and used a spoon to nudge a floating clump of rice into it. With a few quick twists, he wrapped it all up in a neat roll.

“The first hand-rolled sushi in space, there you go,” a proud Noguchi told Fuji TV reporters after making a sushi roll while floating inside the space station’s Japanese-built Kibo laboratory. “It has salmon inside.”

Noguchi made the sushi during a space-to-ground video interview with Fuji TV reporters on Wednesday. He spoke Japanese, with an interpreter on Earth providing an English translation.

“You have a gourmet cooking corner in your show, too, so I would actually like to cook here for you,” he told them before wowing the reporters with his zero gravity culinary skill.

Food in space is a precious commodity for astronauts, particularly those living on the space station for up to six months at a time. But since astronauts live in weightlessness, the food floats around like everything else. Shuttle astronauts, for example, use tortillas, powdered eggs and sausage patties to make space burritos. Bread, they said, leads to troublesome crumbs.

Noguchi has lived aboard the space station since December and is one of five astronauts from three countries staffing the orbiting laboratory. He represents the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Two Russians and two Americans round out the rest of the current crew. Noguchi did not mention if he had any wasabi to go with his space sushi. …

via Astronaut Makes Sushi in Space – Yahoo! News.

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