Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Astronaut food includes shrimp, lamb and mushroom truffle pate

The St. Petersburg Times asked online readers this week for questions to pose to Nicole Passonno Stott, the astronaut who grew up in Clearwater. Kindergartener Aidan Stern remembered the tasty astronaut ice cream he had sampled at the Kennedy Space Center, which led to his question: What is your favorite astronaut food?

A reporter asked five astronauts about it Wednesday during a phone call to the International Space Station. Their answers show that these days, astronaut food goes way beyond Tang. Here are some of their surprising replies:

• Frank De Winne of the European Space Agency: "Quails in a kind of nice sauce with carrots."

• Jeff Williams of NASA: "Shrimp cocktail. It's got a nice bite to it."

• Robert Thirsk of the Canadian Space Agency: Shrimp cocktail and also lasagne, because "the sauce that goes with the lasagne meal is very good, nice and spicy."

• Michael Barratt of NASA: "The Russian 'lamb in a can' is just like heaven in a can to me."

• Stott of NASA: "I think one of my favorite things comes from the Europeans, which is this delicious mushroom truffle pate."

For the record, Aidan, who is 5 and goes to Lynch Elementary School in St. Petersburg, said his favorite meal is shrimp. When he grows up, he'd like to be an actor.

Aidan Stern, 5, a kindergartener at Lynch Elementary in St. Petersburg, asked about astronauts’ favorite foods. 

KATHLEEN FLYNN | Times

Aidan Stern, 5, a kindergartener at Lynch Elementary in St. Petersburg, asked about astronauts’ favorite foods. 

Astronaut food includes shrimp, lamb and mushroom truffle pate 10/07/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 12:25am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Video: Rays Souza on that oh-so-bad dive, and reaction from Twins fans

    Blogs

    What was Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. thinking when he made that oh-so-bad dive for a ball in the seventh inning Friday? Well, we'll let him tell you ...

  2. What was Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. thinking on that comically bad dive?

    Blogs

    What could Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. been thinking in the seventh inning Friday when he dove for a ball and came up yards short?

    Actually, he insisted after all the laughing, teasing and standing ovation from the Twins fans was done, it was a matter of self-preservation.

  3. Judge tosses life sentences for D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

    Nation

    McLEAN, Va. — A federal judge on Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia's most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings.

    A federal judge has tossed out two life sentences for D.C. sniper shooter Lee Boyd Malvo. [Associated Press, 2004]
  4. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's national security adviser, dies

    News

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia. He was 89.

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, participates in Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on March 5, 2009, in Washington, D.C. [Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images]
  5. USF eliminated by UCF in AAC baseball; Florida, FSU, Miami win

    Colleges

    CLEARWATER — Roughly 16 hours after a ninth-inning collapse against East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference's double-elimination baseball tournament, USF returned to Spectrum Field presumably set for a reboot.

    It simply got booted instead.

    ’NOLES win: Tyler Holton gets a hug from Drew Carlton after his strong eight innings help Florida State beat Louisville.