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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

Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for Space.com who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space exploration. She is the author or co-author of several books on space exploration. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in Space Studies, and an M.Sc. from the same department. She also holds a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University in Canada, where she began her space-writing career in 2004. Besides writing, Elizabeth teaches communications at the university and community college level, and for government training schools. To see her latest projects, follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @howellspace.