Astronauts in space to feast on Emirati cuisine

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Dubai - UAE's national dishes have been introduced as a guest set for the Soyuz MS-15 mission.

By Sarwat Nasir

Published: Mon 5 Aug 2019, 1:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 5 Aug 2019, 3:42 PM

American and Russian astronauts will feast on traditional Emirati cuisine onboard the International Space Station during the eight-day stay of UAE's first astronaut.
UAE's national dishes have been introduced as a guest set for the Soyuz MS-15 mission, which will take Hazza Al Mansoori, the Emirati astronaut, to the International Space Station (ISS) from September 25 to October 3.
Khaleej Times revealed the meals in a previous story, however, a few more details have been made public by Russian space officials. The dishes include balaleet (the main ingredient is vermicelli with egg omelet), saloona (lamb) and madhrooba (chicken).
The balaleet and saloona will be provided in aluminum cans and the madhrooba will be in a tube. The guest set will be packaged as ready-to-eat and will not require any additional cooking onboard the ISS.
Glavkosmos (part of Roscosmos, Russia's space agency) in collaboration with Space Food Laboratory and the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences have helped prepare the meals.
"Products must maintain the initial food quality and be safe for consumption when stored in the environment with uncontrolled temperature and humidity," a press release from Glavkosmos said.
"As the first Emirati astronaut to be aboard ISS, will not be staying for a long duration at the ISS, the guest set will not substitute his adequate diet. The purpose of the set is to demonstrate the characteristics of national dishes to the ISS cosmonauts."
Usually, food for astronauts is pre-cooked as much as possible and only requires heating or cold/hot water.

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