July 28, 2018

Canned food for Russian cosmonauts

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Today is the 1-year anniversary of the Soyuz MS-05 launch, which I traveled to Baikonur Cosmodrome to watch.  Even if it's not "once in a lifetime", it's still a very special day that I will remember for a long time to come.

While shopping for souvenirs at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum, I picked up two cans of food meant for the Russian cosmonauts.  The pricing of around USD 20 for each can was definitely a rip-off, but I guess I'm the exact kind of idiot they were looking for...

So I decided that today would be the perfect time to open those cans and taste how bad the cosmonauts have it up there.

Токана мясо-овощная (Tomato with meat and vegetable) - creamy texture in the vegetables with onions, red pepper, and potato.  Was there perhaps a little cheese?

The meat looked like beef, and it was very tough and chewy.

Свинина со сладким перцем (Pork with sweet pepper) - this was OK.  The little cubes of pork were clearly fully-cooked, but the texture wasn't too bad.

One doesn't expect gourmet bites from cans that have a 4-5 year shelf life. I only hope that Bresnik and Nespoli had something better to eat than Ryazansky.

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