Astronauts ate space tacos on the ISS with green chiles they grew onboard

Originally published at: Astronauts ate space tacos on the ISS with green chiles they grew onboard | Boing Boing

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They’re now the world’s best paid farmers, then.

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Taco Tuesday’s an odd choice for tight quarters.

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Just chillies?

MC: “What are those green leaves poking out from behind that cabinet?”
Crew: “Nothing…”

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Typical government. They got tacos into space, but where is the taco truck on every corner I was promised?

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I do not think the toilets on the ISS were designed for this kind of thing.

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In space, Taco Tuesday exists, we now have the long awaited proof.

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They’d better be. It’s been known for quite some time that astronauts tend to crave spicy foods, probably because the zero-g environment causes nasal congestion that mutes their sense of taste.

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I really wonder what the relative humidity is there, also isn’t the endorphin rush enough of a reason?

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I think you guys are mistaking tacos for burritos. Now them beef and bean and cheese burritos, those are what you want to lay off from in tight quarters!

Maybe like 10 years ago, my daughter and I got to meet Megan McArthur when she stopped by a local public library to give a talk to the kids. Funny thing is that she said the first thing people, especially little people, ask about spaceflight is, How do you go to the bathroom?

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Spice is life

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What the video is missing is any shots of the pepper plants – how do they look in microgravity? How does the shape of the plants, and the chiles differ from those grown on the ground? Are they controlling for stress on the plants to get them decently splcy? (A well watered chile plant with no pest predation produces milder chiles)

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Which is doubtlessly one of the reasons so many stories set in space involve spice-smugglers.

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Not even close. According to NASA’s website the salary range is around $65K to $100K a year. More than you can make picking strawberries but hardly unheard of for successful farm owners.

It’s not a career most people pursue for the paycheck.

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The spice must flow…

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Note the absence of frijoles in the ingredient list. I think they specifically target "low flatulence’ foods for astronauts.

THIS. This is the question. Spice is life!

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eeeew… a vacuum

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a weighted subject then
or unweighed thing…

If it was grown in outer space, then doesn’t that mean it’s not a Hatch chile?

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