ISRO has confirmed that the astronauts in the Gaganyaan mission, which is the first human spaceflight, will be able to eat Indian dishes like Chicken Biriyani, Chicken Korma, Khichdi, Paneer and many more!
You might have wondered what astronauts eat while being in space! Well, this time, ISRO has revealed what astronauts in the Gaganyaan mission, the first human spaceflight, will eat while being in space. And, that includes Indian dishes like Chicken biriyani, Chicken Korma, Shahi paneer, dal-chawal, Aloo paratha, Khichdi, and the best add-on, Mango pickle.
The food menu has been prepared by the Mysuru-based Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) for the astronauts taking training in Russia. The DFRL had showcased its products at Aero India-2021 which was held at Yelahanka airbase in the first week of February.
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The laboratory has prepared the food in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). And, they have well taken care of the astronauts who prefer sweet dishes. Delicacies like Moong Dal Halwa, Sooji Halwa, dried apricot and a range of flavoured energy bars are also in the option for them.
The food items will be packed in 100gm/200 packets. However, the contents of the food packets will vary according to the preferences of the astronauts.
The kits carrying the food will also include special straws for drinking water and instant beverages like coffee and tea. The scientists of DFRL have taken care of the nutrients in the diet of the astronauts while making sure they have a diet adding up to 2,500 calories.
The Human Space Flight Centre of ISRO and Russia’s state-run Glavkosmos had signed a contract for the training programme of astronauts in the year 2019. After that, four Indian astronauts had begun their training in Russia in February 2020. It is likely to end this year.