Parmesan takes the space test

By Frances Kennedy in Rome

Monday, 9 October 2000

Here it is... touch it, taste it!... Parma Golosa

NASA officials and their Russian counterparts are planning to visit central Italy this month to consider whether parmesan cheese could add vital calories and flavour to a space traveller’s lunch box.

NASA officials and their Russian counterparts are planning to visit central Italy this month to consider whether parmesan cheese could add vital calories and flavour to a space traveller’s lunch box.

The Rome daily Il Messaggero reports that scientists from Nasa and the Yuri Gagarin Centre will meet biologists from Milan and Parma, home of the cheese, and the World Health Organisation, which has been working on improving the diets of astronauts and cosmonauts.

The cheese has already passed the taste test with 15 cosmonauts, who have eaten 100g daily during ground training over the past four months.

If the Americans can now be convinced, the next obstacle will be finding how best to package this high-energy food.

And later!!!  On the Menu!!

SHUTTLE MENU STS-118
(Stow by Person)
SCOTT KELLY, CDR (RED)
Days 5 & 11 Day 4 ** Days 3 & 15 Meal Day 1* Days 2 & 8
Grits w/ Butter (R) Oatmeal w/ Raisins (R) Grits w/ Butter (R) Oatmeal w/ Brown Sugar (R) A
Seasoned Scrambled Eggs (R) Mexican Scrambled Eggs (R) Sausage Pattie (R) Mexican Scrambled Eggs (R)
Beef Pattie (R) Tortilla (FF) Mexican Scrambled Eggs (R) Granola w/ Raisins (R)
Tortilla (FF) Pears (T) Tortilla (FF) Tortilla (FF)
Pineapple (T) Orange Drink w/ A/S (B) Peaches (T) Pears (T)
Grape Drink w/ A/S (B) Coffee w/ Cream & A/S (B) x2 Grape Drink w/ A/S (B) Orange Drink w/ A/S (B)
Coffee w/ Cream & A/S (B) x2 Kona Coffee w/ Cream & A/S (B) x2 Coffee w/ Cream & A/S (B) x2
Shrimp Cocktail (R) Mushroom Soup (R) Shrimp Cocktail (R) Chicken Salad (R) B
Split Pea Soup (T) Turkey Tetrazzini (R) Spicy Chicken & Vegetables (R) Crackers (NF)
Peanut Butter (T) Vegetable Risotto (R) Pasta Vegetable Parmesan (R) Rice & Chicken (R)
Grape Jelly (T) Tortilla (FF) Italian Vegetables (R) Beef Pattie (R)
Tortilla (FF) x2 Strawberries (R) Tortilla (FF) Macaroni & Cheese (R)
Candy Coated Chocolates (NF) Chocolate Pudding (T) Cashews (NF) Tortilla (FF) x2
Orange Drink w/ A/S (B) Lemonade w/ A/S (B) Tapioca Pudding (T) Candy Coated Peanuts (NF)
Orange Drink w/ A/S (B)

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