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Space-baked cookies take two hours longer than on Earth

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Filed on January 24, 2020 | Last updated on January 24, 2020 at 10.38 pm
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(AP file)

Cookies take around 15-20 minutes to bake on Earth.

Astronauts on the International Space Station have baked the first cookies in space, but they took far longer than on Earth.

The space station's Italian commander Luca Parmitano acted as baker aided by Nasa astronaut Christina Koch for the chocolate-chip cookie experiment.

Cookies take around 15-20 minutes to bake on Earth but the astronauts discovered that their most successful efforts required at least two hours in the oven in space.

The first and second cookies were in the oven for 25 minutes and 75 minutes but were still under-baked. The best results came from 120 and 130 minutes in the oven. "We made space cookies and milk for Santa this year," Koch tweeted.

"The ISS smelled like fresh chocolate chip cookies when @astro_luca opened the oven door! Just like home!" Nanoracks tweeted.

"While we have initial visual and scent feedback from the crew aboard the ISS, we're excited to dive into fully understanding the baking results - including breaking down why the bake time and temperature in space varies from what we are used to seeing on Earth," said Mary Murphy, a Nanoracks payloads manager.

While the astronauts said they looked and smelled like cookies, no one has tasted them. Three of the cookies returned to Earth on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on January 7 and will undergo testing by food scientists to determine if they are edible.


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