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Luca Parmitano, an Italian astronaut, was the master baker in December 2019 telecasting the complete description of the baked cookies which he has made them one by one in the prototype Zero-G Oven.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule is back home now on Jan 13, 2020. The first food which was baked in space (a batch of cookies) has landed back on Earth.
First Space Baked Cookies
The first space cookies began their journey as chocolate chip cookie dough that launched alongside the Zero-G oven, the first oven designed to work in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The cookie dough and oven launched to the station in November on a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft and returned Jan. 7 on the SpaceX Dragon.
Just in time for Christmas, the astronauts aboard the space station baked the pre-made dough (which was provided by the hotel chain DoubleTree) one cookie at a time in their Zero-G oven, making five cookies total, a DoubleTree representative confirmed to Space.com in an email.
Five DoubleTree by Hilton chocolate chip cookies were baked in space and the cookies were set to come back down to Earth via the SpaceX Dragon return. The astronauts made space cookies and milk for Santa this year 2019, NASA astronaut Christina Koch tweeted from the space station last month as she posed with one of the baked cookies, which were wrapped up.
People were enthusiastic to know, if the space station would smell like fresh-baked cookies and how the pastries would look like, if they were puffy, spherical etc.
From the image Koch shared on twitter, it’s tough to tell exactly what shape the dough took once it was baked in space, but it does seem to have a unique shape. More information about the cookies will be explained after they are analyzed following their return to Earth.
Once they get confirmation that the cookies have indeed arrived safely home, then they will share full details, as well as a video and photos of the cookies being baked on the ISS,” the DoubleTree cookies.
But finally the first chocolate chip cookie baked in space were successfully made.
While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station. It takes far less time on Earth, under 20 minutes.
This was the first food baked in space lab, which is 248 miles from Earth.
And how do they taste? No one knows. Still sealed in individual baking pouches and packed in their spaceflight container, the cookies remain frozen in a Houston-area lab after splashing down two weeks ago in a SpaceX capsule. They were the first food baked in space from raw ingredients.
The small electric test oven that was launched to the space station last November was designed and built near Nasa’s Johnson Space Center, Nanoracks. Five frozen raw cookies were already up there.
The first space baked cookies kept for 25 minutes in the oven for at 300F (149C) – ended up seriously under-baked. Then doubled the baking time for the next two and the results were still so-so. The fourth cookie stayed in the oven for two hours, and finally got the success.
After 2 hours some browning could be seen said by Parmitano. But they can’t tell if it’s cooked all the way or not, but it certainly doesn’t look like cookie dough anymore.” Parmitano kept the oven up to its maximum 325F (163C) for the fifth cookie and baked it for 130 minutes. He reported more success.
Additional testing will be done with respect to its taste once they return back home.
The astronauts could smell the cookies when they removed them from the oven, except for the first and felt a pleasant aroma.
According to Mike Massimino, a former Nasa astronaut said that’s the beauty of baking in space. He now educates at Columbia University and is a paid spokesman for DoubleTree by Hilton. The hotel chain provided the cookie dough, the same kind used for cookies offered to hotel guests. It’s offering one of the space-baked cookies to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum for display.
Now NASA has released the complete video of first space baked cookies on January 23, 2020.