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 space could provide the milk needed for this calcium, but also explains that it would cost millions of pounds just in the fuel costs alone, that they might not survive the g-forces on launch and, whilst there, they would eat the weight of three astronauts in grass each month. He challenges children to find out what other foods contain calcium, and to contain these in their meal for Tim Peake.

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