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Fine Dining at Zero Gravity

Written on 15 Jul 2015 in Blog

British Astronaut, Major Tim Peake will be eating meals inspired by celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal and British school children during his six month mission with the International Space Station (ISS) starting in December. Peake, Britain’s first official Astronaut, will become the first to enjoy Michelin-starred food in microgravity.

Visitors of the Cambridge Science Centre will be able to appreciate what Major Peake will be experiencing in space - throughout the summer months; our Cosmic exhibition will feature special events and presentations from space scientists and companies talking about their work in exploring the universe. Take a look at our programme of events for more information.

All seven dishes on Major Peake’s menu will draw on ideas selected from a national schools’ competition, the Great British Space Dinner, which was held last year.

The special menu consists of dishes such as a Nova Tiffin Capsule, a Rocket Lolly consisting of a three course meal of tomato soup, curry and Eton mess, beef stew with asteroid dumplings, chocolate mousse with space dust popping candy and the Big Breakfast Launch.

The food will be flown out to Major Peake during his six-month European Space Agency Mission at the ISS, when he blasts off from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The mission has been titled Principia, in homage to Sir Isaac Newton’s famous work of physics.

The space food will come as light relief for Peake who will be enduring a demanding set of 25 experiments on himself during his mission to monitor the damage of space flight on the human body. The team are hoping to make some advances in asthma treatment, because dust in microgravity floats rather than settling, therefore can lead to inflamed airways for Astronauts.

Peake hopes that his time in space with inspire schoolchildren to take up careers in science and believes the mission will help catapult Britain to the centre of space research.