The Italian Almanac

space station

Italian News - April 15

Forget images of germ-free processed space rations, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) will now be able to feast on a range of Italian delicacies, Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori revealed here on Thursday as he prepared to blast off.

"One of the particularities of this mission is that we'll be taking Italian food with us, traditional products from the Latium region, to give the international space station an Italian flavor," Vittori said at a press conference ahead of Friday's take-off.

Cheese, nuts, biscuits, sweets and honey will liven up the menu astronauts apparently often moan about on their long missions in space. They will also be tested for loss of flavor or nutritional value in weightless conditions.