The end result is a suite of foods specially tailored for the unique challenges of the space environment. All the meals come prepackaged, to minimize prep time and the chance of a spill. That means no bread, which produces a lot of runaway crumbs, Still, astronauts have a wide range of food to choose from. There’s coffee, brownies, pasta, and scrambled eggs, as well as favorite snacks from home like M&Ms and Goldfish.Massimino says he particularly liked NASA’s macaroni and cheese—so much, in fact, that he is one of the few astronauts to have gained weight in space. Just don’t get him started on the so-called “astronaut ice cream” famous in gift shops the world over, which he says is “more closely related to a building material than it is to a food.”
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This is the proposal put forth by the billionaire hotelier Robert Bigelow last week, whose company, Bigelow Space Operations, says it will send up to 16 private astronauts to the ISS in the coming years. If that sounds like a good time, here’s what the ultra-rich can expect during their stay at the space station.