NASA’s “Swan” cargo spacecraft blasted off from Virginia on Tuesday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. This time, the ship carried some “unusual” cargo, including an oven. The oven will be used as the first “space baking” test to bake chocolate cookies.
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The oven is reportedly designed for gravity-free environments to test the heat transfer process of baked food in a weightless state, as well as how the shape and texture of cookies can change.
The space oven is expected to complete a chocolate cookie in 20 minutes, with astronauts on the station trying cookies and some cookies being brought back to Earth for analysis.
It is claimed that only one biscuit can be baked at a time in a compact oven, and no one knows what it will look like when the chocolate chips are roasted. “Obviously, no one has done this in space, so we don’t know what it’s going to look like, ” said engineer Mary Murphy. ”
It is reported that the mission’s goal is to find out whether baking in a weightless space environment is feasible, looking ahead to the years of Mars missions, and whether there will be more options on the menu for future astronauts.
In addition, the spacecraft carries a carbon fiber sample used by Italian car maker Lim Bogeni as a sports car part, which could be used in the future as a medical implant, in the same extreme environment as the human body and space, this time to test its ability to withstand temperature changes, radiation and vacuum environments.