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Super Bowl 2017: How to Tailgate Like a NASA Astronaut

NASA space tailgating recipes
Astronauts demonstrated space tailgating recipes on the ground in a new NASA video. (Image credit: NASA Johnson via <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWkowyIB1To">YouTube</a>)

When you're making munchies for Sunday's Super Bowl party, consider the challenge astronauts face in space: In a zero-gravity environment where much of the food is freeze-dried, how can you make good football-watching food?

NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Megan McArthur demonstrate some recipe ideas in a new NASA video, including both main courses and desserts for your tailgating party. [NASA Goes to Super Bowl 2017 (Photos)]

The recipes include "space s'mores" (involving cookies, pudding and brownies), space bruschetta (with shelf-stable tomato and eggplant, as well as garlic and pesto) or space queso (much like the Earth version, but with shelf-stable ingredients).

Their greatest invention? Wiseman recalls a time during Expedition 40-41 in 2014 when the crew really wanted hot dogs, but they couldn't make them. Instead, they came up with a modified space burrito, whose ingredients included a beef patty, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and an ample amount of ketchup (which Wiseman called a "binding agent").

"In space, there are no measurements that matter," Wiseman said in the video, liberally squeezing the ketchup bottle. "Unless you're doing science, where measurements do matter," he quickly added.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she also tackles topics like diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three space shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Her latest book, Leadership Moments from NASA, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.