Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italian astronaut to take lasagna into orbit

English
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Rome, February 20 - When Italian astronaut Luca
Parmitano is sent into space this spring for a six-month
sojourn, he will be taking as many culinary treats as possible.
Chefs have prepared and carefully dehydrated everything
from lasagna to tiramisu, eggplant parmigiana, pesto risotto,
and mushroom risotto which he will share with others on board
the International Space Station.
So says David Avino, technical manager for food preparation
for the Italian's space flight, who spoke as Parmitano began a
tour of schools around the peninsula, to reach out to astronauts
of the future.
In a series of events organized by the Italian Space Agency
to present his "Volare" or "Flying" mission, Parmitano began at
Rome's Vittorio Emanuele II national boarding school.
He explained his mission to students, and urged them to
study hard in case they might get a similar opportunity some
day.
Parmitano, a captain in the Italian air force, has been
training in Russia and is to copilot a Soyuz TMA spacecraft and
spend six months working on the Space Station beginning in May.
His mission will involve numerous scientific experiments
and may even involve a space walk.
It should also involve some good food.
Avino said all the Italian dishes have been dehydrated
through a very particular process that aims to leave the meals'
consistency as close to fresh-made as possible.
Sealed in aluminium bags, the Italian food will reach the
Space Station before Parmitano.

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