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ISS TO GET SPECIAL MEALS





SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-3749

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111

Station Crew to 'Kick It Up a Notch' With Chef Emeril Lagasse

The crew of the International Space Station will indulge next week in 
the ultimate “take-out” food, a meal delivered by a NASA space shuttle 
and designed by chef Emeril Lagasse of the Food Network's "Emeril Live." 
After tasting several of Lagasse's creations, the three-person crew will 
talk to the chef at 1:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 10 in a special hookup carried 
live on NASA TV.

Lagasse sent NASA some of his special recipes for potential use in 
space. After the required testing and processing, five different meals 
were selected. Emeril's Mardi Gras jambalaya, mashed potatoes with 
bacon, green beans with garlic, rice pudding and mixed fruit were 
delivered to the station aboard the shuttle Discovery in July.

The station is home to NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonaut 
Pavel Vinogradov and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter. 
Station crews usually live and work in space for six months. "Our 
research has indicated that quality, appetizing food is important for 
the health and morale of astronauts during space missions, especially 
long ones," said NASA's Vickie Kloeris, who oversees the development and 
distribution of food on the space station.

Menu options for shuttle and station crews are more extensive than ever 
before, with about 200 U.S. food items available. Russian food also is 
available. For more information about food in space, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/formedia


For links to streaming video, NASA TV scheduling and digital downlink 
information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv


For information about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station
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