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Tech & Science The first cookies baked in space are back on Earth!

11:11  14 january  2020
11:11  14 january  2020 Source:   space.com

For the holidays, astronauts baked cookies in space that they won’t actually eat

  For the holidays, astronauts baked cookies in space that they won’t actually eat But don’t worry, they’ve got some pre-baked cookies on handThe cookies were made possible thanks to a newly developed space oven sent to the ISS in early November, aboard a Cygnus cargo spacecraft made by Northrop Grumman. The blue, cylindrical oven is the product of a New York-based startup called Zero G Kitchen and space technology developer Nanoracks, with ingredients provided by DoubleTree by Hilton.

The space cookies began their journey as chocolate chip cookie dough that launched alongside the Zero G oven, the first oven designed to work in the "I can confirm that five DoubleTree by Hilton chocolate chip cookies were baked in space and the cookies are set to come back down to Earth

Those hotel chocolate-chip cookies will be the closest astronauts have come to truly baking something in their high-flying kitchens. But imagine if someday, space travelers, whether they’re orbiting in a space station high above Earth or living For now, meals are mostly made for them, back on Earth .

Luca Parmitano, Christina Hammock are posing for a picture: space-baked cookies © Provided by Space space-baked cookies

Following a ride home on a SpaceX Dragon capsule last week, the first food to be baked in space (a batch of cookies, of course) has landed back on Earth.

The space cookies began their journey as chocolate chip cookie dough that launched alongside the Zero G oven, the first oven designed to work in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The cookie dough and oven launched to the station in November on a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft and returned Jan. 7 on the SpaceX Dragon.

Just in time for Christmas, the astronauts aboard the space station baked the pre-made dough (which was provided by the hotel chain DoubleTree) one cookie at a time in their Zero G oven, making five cookies total, a DoubleTree representative confirmed to Space.com in an email.

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The first batch of space - baked cookies is back on Earth , along with muscle-bound "mighty" mice and other space station experiments. SpaceX provided the ride home Tuesday, a month after its Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station. The capsule parachuted into the Pacific, returning

DoubleTree cookies will become “ the first food baked in space inside a prototype oven designed to make long-duration space travel more hospitable In a partnership with microgravity appliance maker Zero G Kitchen and commercial space travel provider NanoRacks, DoubleTree by Hilton is planning

"I can confirm that five DoubleTree by Hilton chocolate chip cookies were baked in space and the cookies are set to come back down to Earth today via the SpaceX Dragon return," the representative said.

"We made space cookies and milk for Santa this year," NASA astronaut Christina Koch tweeted from the space station last month as she posed with one of the baked cookies, which was wrapped up.

We made space cookies and milk for Santa this year. Happy holidays from the @Space_Station! pic.twitter.com/sZS4KdPmhjDecember 26, 2019

Before the dough and the oven launched, people wondered if the space station would smell like fresh-baked cookies and what the pastries would look like. Would they be puffy, spherical even? (And did any of the astronauts sneak a bite?)

From the image Koch shared on twitter, it's tough to tell exactly what shape the dough took once it was baked in space, but it does seem to have a unique shape. More information about the cookies a look that will be explained after they are analyzed following their return to Earth.

"Once we have confirmed that the cookies have indeed arrived home, we'll share full details, as well as a video and photos of the cookies being baked on the ISS," the DoubleTree representative added.

Hilton's first cookie baked in space offered to Smithsonian for display .
The first cookie to be baked in space may soon be bound for the Smithsonian. Recently, DoubleTree by Hilton announced the results of the first-ever bake-off held off the planet and in doing so, hinted at a future on display for at least one of its signature chocolate chip cookies returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) in January.

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