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STEMonstration: Nutrition

October 23, 2019


[ MUSIC ]>>HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. MY NAME IS SCOTT TINGLE. HERE ON THE SPACE STATION, WE LIVE IN A MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENT, WHICH MAKES EATING HERE A VERY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. TO STAY HEALTHY, WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN A NUTRITIOUS DIET, JUST LIKE WE WOULD BACK ON EARTH. LET’S GO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR FOOD AND DRINKS, AND CHECK OUT OUR MEAL PREPARATION AREA. DURING LONG DURATION SPACEFLIGHT, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE RECEIVE ENOUGH ENERGY, PROTEINS, AND VITAMINS. OUR FOOD LAB BACK ON EARTH MAKES SURE WE GET PLENTY OF EACH AS THEY CAREFULLY PREPARE, TEST, AND PACKAGE EVERYTHING. WE COMBINE ALL OF THIS EXCELLENT NUTRITION WITH EXERCISE TO ENSURE OUR BODIES STAY HEALTHY AND STRONG WHILE WE’RE HERE. WE EAT THREE SQUARE MEALS A DAY, JUST LIKE WE DO ON EARTH, AND MAYBE THROW IN A SNACK OR TWO. ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE FOODS TO EAT ARE NATURAL RAISINS. HERE ON SPACE STATION, WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR CALORIES UP IF WE WANNA GET ALL OUR WORK DONE, AND THE CARBOHYDRATES IN THESE RAISINS REALLY HELP. AND THEY’RE KINDA FUN TO EAT, TOO. HOW DO WE STAY HYDRATED IN MICROGRAVITY? WITH THESE SPECIAL POUCHES. THEY’RE FILLED WITH WATER, AND WE USE A STRAW THAT HAS A ONE-WAY VALVE THAT PREVENTS WATER FROM FLOATING OUT OF THE POUCH WHILE WE’RE NOT DRINKING FROM IT. HERE’S A LIQUID DRINK. THIS IS TROPICAL PUNCH FOR TODAY. I LOVE DRINKIN’ FLUIDS ON STATION. [ MUSIC ] HERE ON STATION, WE HAVE A PRETTY COOL FOOD PREPARATION AREA. WE HAVE A PLACE TO GET FRESH WATER FOR US TO DRINK OR TO PUT IN OUR REHYDRATABLE FOODS. AND WE ALSO HAVE AN OVEN TO PUT FOOD IN. WE PICK OUT SOME OF OUR FAVORITE FOODS– CHICKEN FAJITA FOR ME– PUT IT IN THE OVEN… CLOSE THE DOOR… AND TURN IT ON. IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES, I’M GONNA HAVE A WARM MEAL. THANKS FOR EXPLORING A LITTLE NUTRITION WITH ME. I’M GONNA SEND YOU BACK TO EARTH SO YOU CAN CREATE YOUR VERY OWN ASTRONAUT MENUS. SEE YOU AGAIN SOON! [ MUSIC ]

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  1. Is that a new oven component for warming the meals?. I thought they utilized a suit case type deal?

  2. Great post but what is the long term plan for food ? When is there going to be a greenhouse ? . We need to build a massive one now that can be attached to the station and taken off to be attached to deep space ships.

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