Canadians have a well-known love affair with maple syrup. So, naturally, when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took the reins as commander of the International Space Station, it was only a matter of time until the matter of Canadian cuisine came up. But what does food taste like in space? One student from Airdrie, Alberta asked that question during a "Let's Talk Science" event sponsered by the Canadian Space Agency. And Commander Hadfield has the answers.
The most interesting thing to take away from this video -- other than the endless pleasure of watching objects float around in zero gravity -- is Hadfield's description of what sounds like an outer space-induced head cold. The human body is so used to the pressures of gravity that it is constantly working to keep blood in the upper part of the body. But in space, the lack of gravity means blood is free to flow in any direction, something the body has to adjust to, resulting in excess fluids in the head. The result is stuffy sinuses and food that, "doesn't taste like anything."
After a few days the body adapts, and Hadfield assures the student audience that food tastes just the same as it does on Earth. He then proceeds to break out the contents of a Canadian goody bag recently brought to the station. Maple syrup in a tube? What will the Canadian Space Agency think of next?
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