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Astronauts have plentiful food supplies

Jenny Winder, News Writer
May 13, 2015, 20:35 UTC

Sen—European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has been filming what the astronauts like to eat aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

As well as the basic food supplies, each astronaut gets a selection of food tailor-made for their own tastes and preferences. Fellow crew member Scott Kelly tweets pictures of space tacos with rehydrated eggs, sausage and hot sauce on a tortilla, but Cristoforetti prefers a more Mediterranean diet, based on vegetables, fruit and nuts and even has a supply of olive oil. The crew eat mostly dehydrated foods though they do get a delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables in each resupply cargo.

Though the Progress-59 resupply mission recently failed to deliver its cargo of over three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the space station, the ISS is still well stocked. The crew have food until the fall of 2015, NASA said in a statement yesterday.

Cristoforetti, along with crew mates Terry Virts and Anton Shkaplerov, were due to leave the station on May 13, but their return will now be postponed until early June.

Cristoforetti's current Expedition 43 crew mates are NASA astronauts Commander Terry Virts and Scott Kelly, and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko.

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Samantha Cristoforetti explains about the healthy foods that she and the other astronauts can enjoy while on orbit. Credit: European Space Acency ESA