An Astronaut Once Ordered Pizza on the Space Shuttle So He Could Eat It On Earth

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - 7:37PM
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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - 7:37PM
An Astronaut Once Ordered Pizza on the Space Shuttle So He Could Eat It On Earth
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For all its wonders and mysteries just waiting to be discovered, outer space has no pizza. And that is deeply unfortunate.

It's unfortunate enough that pizza can be one of the first things an astronaut wants once the return to Earth's surface, and on at least one occasion, an astronaut ensured a slice would be ready the moment he touched down. This person would be retired astronaut Mike Massimino, who flew on Space Shuttle missions in 2002 and 2009 (both of which involved repairing the Hubble Space Telescope). 

In a new documentary from National Geographic called One Strange Rock, Massimino recounts ordering a pizza while he was still on the Space Shuttle during its return trip, just so it would be be delivered and ready the moment he landed. This likely involved telling Mission Control to please order a pie, but either way, the pizza was indeed waiting for Massimino once he left the shuttle. 



Even with a bunch of more important-sounding work to do, NASA has been working on a form of "space pizza" that can be taken to the International Space Station. It's still astronaut food, so it's lightweight, freeze-dried, and far from delicious, but even mediocre pizza can still be good pizza when you really want pizza. 

Back in 2017, astronauts on the ISS including Randy Bresnik and Paolo Nespoli actually requested that pizza ingredients be delivered to the station so they could make their own. Bresnik recorded a video of the resulting pizza being made in zero-gravity, and while it was pre-baked pizza, it's good to see that the greatest food on Earth is finding its way into the final frontier.

You can see Bresnik's pizza-making video below:



In the future, we may be lucky enough to have a pizzeria open on the Moon, or Mars, or wherever we end up. Best case scenario is that we invent the Star Trek replicator so we can eat the stuff whenever we want, but there's still a few big steps for mankind left to take before then.
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