$70,000 a Day to Feed an Astronaut

Frank Bruni might have spent $1,300 on dinner for four at Per Se, but he's got nothin on the space program. Michael Bauer visited NASA's kitchen at the Johnson Space Center in Houston:

...It costs $20,000 a pound to blast into outer space. Each astronaut uses about 3.5 pounds of food a day. Because weight and space is a problem, just about everything is freeze-dried...

Requirements and preparation are also a different depending on whether the food is for the shuttle or the International Space Station, which since 1994 has also been stocked with foods provided by the Russian team. Apparently they don't like our peanut butter, vegetables or puddings.

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