Taking Indians and their endearing love for food to space, ISRO has listed out 22 dishes and fruit juices that it will send to the outer space with Indian astronauts on Gaganayaan.
Food items including dal, aloo parathas, chicken curry, pulao and almonds, have been included in the overall package of food weighing 60 kg. The food, however, will be tested for the highest quality set by NASA.
The food for the week-long space voyage of the astronauts will be provied by the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysuru.
“We have sent samples (of all dishes and other eatables) to ISRO for tests with regard to palatability and other factors like zero microbes. Some of them will be tasted by IAF pilots short-listed by ISRO for the space flight, and the flavour will be modified to suit their taste buds,” Director of DFRL, Dr Anil Dutt Semwal, said.
All the food will be packed in disposable special packages to avoid any kind of outer space alteration with the same.
The package will also include nutrition bars, fruit juice powder, almonds and nuts that astronauts can snack on during breaks through the day.
The Gaganyaan programme is an indigenous mission that would take Indian astronauts to space. As many as 3 astronauts will be sent to space in a capsule that will rotate around the earth every 90 minutes, and astronauts will be able to witness sunrise and sunset.
With this, India could potentially become the fourth country to send a man/woman/both to space, after the erstwhile USSR, the US and China.