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Astronaut food gives you a taste of outer space

Kidsday reporter Tyler Kelly with his Astronaut Food

Kidsday reporter Tyler Kelly with his Astronaut Food ice cream. Credit: Kelly family

Astronaut food is a type of food product created and processed to be consumed by astronauts in outer space.

Eating in space is a challenge for astronauts because there is no gravity. If they let go of food, it will float away from them. Scientists have come up with ways of packaging foods. Freeze-drying is a technique developed by scientists. Food is cooked, quickly frozen and then dehydrated in a special vacuum chamber. This food does not need to be refrigerated and lasts a long time.

I recently tried an astronaut ice cream sandwich. I really liked it and asked my mom to buy more.

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Therese O’Loughlin’s fourth-grade class, Michael F. Stokes Elementary School, Levittown

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