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Astronaut chow: NASA makes giant leaps in space food

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Astronaut Edward T. Lu, science officer and flight engineer, eats a meal in the Zvezda Space Module of the International Space Station on Jun. 21, 2003.

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Astronaut Edward T. Lu, science officer and flight engineer, eats a meal in the Zvezda Space Module of the International Space Station on Sep. 1, 2003.

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Astronaut Edward T. Lu, science officer and flight engineer, eats a meal in the Zvezda Space Module of the International Space Station on Sep. 1, 2003.

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Astronauts John B. Herrington and Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, both International Space Station mission specialists, taste and rate food at the Johnson Space Center in Houston on Sep. 1, 2002.

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Space food has advanced light-years since the first moon walkers returned to Earth. Today's astronauts can choose from hundreds of dishes, ranging from shrimp cocktail to homemade cookies. But don't expect fresh salad.


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