A spoon-sized item of food floats freely in front of cosmonaut Fyodor N. Yurchikhin, Expedition 15 commander in 2007. | NASA

Gourmet Astronauts: Favorite Space Food

Although launching food in space is a necessity, it doesn't mean it has to be boring.

Published On 02/20/2013
7:10 PM EST
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 20 flight engineer, holds chopsticks near two food containers containing Japanese dishes in the Unity node of the International Space Station in 2009. | NASA
Astronauts Jan Davis and Mae Jemison eat aboard the shuttle Endeavor on Sept. 12, 1992. | NASA
Astronaut Nicole Stott, STS-133 mission specialist, enjoys a flight day 2 snack. | NASA
Astronauts Thomas Stafford (left) and Donald Slayton hold containers of Soviet space food in the Soyuz Orbital Module during the joint U.S.-USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. The containers hold borsch (with a vodka labels stuck over the top). | NASA
Astronaut Sandra Magnus, Expedition 18 flight engineer, poses for a photo with a tortilla that she prepared at the galley in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station. | NASA
STS-126 mission specialists Shane Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus play with fruit on the middeck of Space Shuttle Endeavour on Nov. 16, 2008. | NASA
Various food and beverage items are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 32 crew member on the International Space Station in 2012. | NASA
Weightless M&Ms float into the mouth of NASA astronaut and commander Loren J. Shriver aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis during the STS-46. | NASA
Jan Davis eating Girl Scout cookies on shuttle Endeavour on Sept. 12, 1992. | NASA
Cosmonaut Yuri I. Malenchenko, Expedition 7 mission commander, uses a spoon to catch a piece of food floating freely in the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2003. | NASA