The Great British Space Dinner

In December 2015, British astronaut Tim Peake will arrive on the International Space Station (ISS). During Tim’s stay on the station, where he will be undertaking important scientific work, he will need to eat, drink and stay healthy. Healthy eating and drinking is crucial for astronaut’s health due to limited availability and extreme environment of space. Microgravity creates various challenges, such as loss of bone and muscle. To reduce this loss, astronauts consume a healthy, varied diet and exercise at least for two hours per day.

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Can You Get Fat in Space?

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks us the question, “Can you get fat in space?”. He explains that, due to being in a weightless environment, astronauts' muscles do not need to work as hard as on Earth, and so the fat on their bodies could increase....

Cows in Space

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks us the question, “Can you take cows into space?”. Heston explains how the weightless environment can cause loss of bone mass, and so calcium will be important in an astronaut’s diet. Heston suggests that a cow in...

Dinner Party in Space

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks us the question, “Can you have a dinner party in space?”. Heston explains that, in the weightless environment on the International Space Station, you cannot have foods that can float around and get into people eyes...

Food Texture

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks children to think about textures of food when they design their meal for astronaut Tim Peake to eat on the International Space Station. He suggests experimenting and mixing textures together to give the best...

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