French aerospace engineer and astronaut Thomas Pesquet recently posted a video showing what it’s like to have a pizza party aboard the International Space Station. He documented astronauts making and enjoying the pizza in zero gravity, especially the skill required to place floating toppings on the pie. Fortunately, the crusts are pre-baked, but everything else can be customized before being heated in a space oven. Read more for the video and additional information.
The space oven is made by Zero G Kitchen and it’s basically a cylindrical-shaped insulated container designed to hold as well as bake food samples in the microgravity environment. A tray holds the food item steady inside the oven while baking occurs. It uses electric heating elements to cook oven food, similar to the ones you would find in a toaster oven.
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Floating pizza night with friends, it almost feels like a Saturday on Earth. They say a good chef never reveals their secrets, but I made a video so you can be the judge. Everything but pineapple, that would be a serious offense in Italy,” said Pesquet.