Dal Bhat In Space

Keith Cowing's note: If you were following Scott Parazynski and I during our trip to Mt. Everest in Nepal, then you must have read at least one complaint from each of us about the food - especially Dal bhat i.e. rice ("bhat") and lentil soup ("dal"). The Sherpas eat three times a day. Once in a while, it's fine, but when you have it in front of you at every meal, you soon feel as it if is oozing out of your pores. Well, to our dismay, we discovered today that astronaut Julie Payette specifically requested Dal bhat for her stay in space - note the label on this food bag.

Image: Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette, STS-127 mission specialist, is pictured on 25 July 2009 near a food package floating freely in the Unity node of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Endeavour remained docked with the station. high res (1.6 M) low res (103 K)

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