Japanese astronauts plan to take seaweed into outer space
There has been no shortage of people praising organic seaweed as a superfood for the future, but who knew that future meant going into space too?
That's the plan at least, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which chose hijiki seaweed salad among 33 newly designated meals for astronauts to eat while spending time aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The next step, the Wall Street Journal reports, is to test the new menu with JAXA's Certification Standards of Japanese Space Foods, which ensure that the food is not only easily prepared and edible, but also won't disrupt any operations aboard the ISS.
"Seeking to 'enrich the variety of Japanese space food,' the agency invited companies to come up with new menu items in July 2013," writes the Wall Street Journal's Jun Hongo. "To meet space-use standards, the food had to be easy to prepare and not liable to scatter in bits and pieces. Sushi isn't an option because the food has to be preservable for 18 months in normal temperature."
This new seaweed salad will join mochi rice cake, spiny lobster, miso soup and wagyu beef keema curry as the new food choices for JAXA crew members to pick from as they head back into space in 2015 and 2016. The last Japanese astronaut in orbit was Koichi Wakata, who finished a 188-day stay aboard the ISS on May 14.
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