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Astronaut Has 'Wasabi Spill' in Space

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the argh-my-eyes-all-i-see-is-green-and-burny dept.

Space 164

Sda~ writes "You learn something new everyday: There is nothing in the astronaut training manual about how to clean up flying wasabi. An inadvertent Wasabi spill this week aboard the ISS has made space agencies re-evaluate including the spicy paste in future meals. The astronauts are allowed some of their favorite foods on each trip, to alleviate homesickness. 'Williams, whose father was born in India, has several Indian dishes in her bonus container, including Punjabi kadhi with pakora - vegetable fritters topped with yogurt and curry - and mutter paneer, a curry dish. The dishes are packaged to have a long shelf life in space. Her U.S. crew mate, astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, is an even bigger foodie. Lopez-Alegria, who was born in Madrid but grew up in California, had Spanish muffins known as magdalenas, chorizo pork sausage and latte in his bonus container.'"

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did someone say Wasabi!? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214676)

WASABIIIII [youtube.com]

Could Have Been Worse (5, Funny)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214678)

At least the wasabi sauce didn't find its way to Uranus.

CURSES AND DRAT! (1)

OiToTheWorld (1014079) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214692)

I was going to make a uranus joke! well played sir... well played.

Re:Could Have Been Worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214872)

Got Wasabi? [cafepress.com]

CONAN NOOOOOO :-( (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214934)

Fuck, WNBC is reporting it like it was just anyone else nd not one of their own. WTF?

EW YORK -- Comedian Conan O'Brien was among those killed Friday when the facade of a highrise building came loose, sending a giant concrete gargoyle tumbling some thirty stories to the street, witnesses and media reports said. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene on Manhattan's Upper West Side, city officials said, and at least four more remained in critical condition at area hospitals.

NBC president Jeff Zucker confirmed O'Brien was one of the dead. The 44-year-old host of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" had been scheduled to replace Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" in less than three years, Zucker said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_re_us/ob rien;_ylt=Aq8W_o1ix733AK2ZgX0URD9vzwcF718;a=AqKQKG VtVaPINBve93n9gI1H2ocA;b=AnAlPL4gQ3kSGD_TdzIibNpvz wcF [yahoo.com]

Re:CONAN NOOOOOO :-( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215094)

What is this? some sort of cross-site scripting attempt?

Re:Could Have Been Worse (1)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215364)

But wasabi isn't oil, so why would there be a problem?

Re:Could Have Been Worse (1)

cenobyte3 (995518) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215722)

I for one welcome our flying wasabi overlords!

Could have been much worse! (3, Funny)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215894)

Think about sex in space. Zero gravity sex could be an amazing thing, I imagine, but the cleanup...

I mean, you could conceivably keep it clean -- swallow it all, I'm sure you can fill in the blanks. Or, someone could get stupid and try to bukakke...

How to clean up flying wasabi (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214686)

I suspect they could use the same procedure they use for flying vomit, flying tang, or flying vomited tang.

FYI Most space wasabi is actually horseradish.

Re:How to clean up flying wasabi (4, Interesting)

badasscat (563442) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215024)

FYI Most space wasabi is actually horseradish.

The description in the summary did have me wondering. Wasabi is not really a "paste", and the real Japanese condiment does not exhibit the properties of a liquid. It's more like the consistency of slightly damp clay powder. It would almost seem like the perfect condiment to take into space because it's not liquid enough to spill, nor is it solid or powdery enough for the granules to get into anything (like, say, salt would).

But if it's really just colored horseradish, that would explain things. Horseradish doesn't need to be a liquid either but it typically is when packaged as a condiment.

I guess my point is, it sounds like the solution to this problem is for NASA to upgrade the quality of their wasabi!

Re:How to clean up flying wasabi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215856)

FYI in America nobody knows the difference

Nearly a disaster for NASA, nothing to joke about (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214694)

If this stuff had gotten into the air recirc system (known as PARCEC), it would have rendered the ISS uninhabitable for months. Here are some pictures of the astronaut at work [www.exet.nu]

Re:Nearly a disaster for NASA, nothing to joke abo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214870)

Lol, was about to click on the link, then noticed "(Score:-1, Troll)" So I hovered over the link and noticed .../goatse.shtml. Next time you should try being a tad more discrete than including a link that says goatse... But hey not everyone can have brains and common sense. Dont worry maybe one day your IQ will break 10.

I've been wondering... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214698)

Hey Slashdot, why are PC users such ugly dweebs [imageshack.us] in comparison to Mac users [imageshack.us] ? Is it because nobody has the time or patience to put up with Windows/Linux except for friendless, sexless nerds like you?

Re:I've been wondering... (0, Flamebait)

Who235 (959706) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214796)

Yep. Mac users [imageshack.us] are androgynous.

They are also smug with no good reason, unlike Linux users [qub.ac.uk] .

Re:I've been wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215070)

Okay, maybe that was offtopic but it is certainly closer to insightful than flamebait. Can't be flamebait when its true.

Re:I've been wondering... (1)

Who235 (959706) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215468)

Thanks, AC.

Actually, it was a joke that missed the mark.

Well, they can't all be winners. . .

Re:I've been wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215680)

Haha all the people who modded replies to the parent (I've been wondering) must have been smoking crack. I dont think some people with mod points actually understand what the different options mean sometimes. Or just miss the joke...

Re:I've been wondering... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214908)

heh I love how this guy takes the time to spam his ugly mac girls in every thread... Like why do they all have dike cuts?!? Atleast this one is prettier than that god awful chick with the lipstick (as the gf points out "who the fuck still wears lipstick other than older women, its lipgloss now a days"). But I do always get a kick out of this guys standards (or lack there of) of women.

Re:I've been wondering... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214972)

Based entirely on his lazy-gaze and slack jaw, I am 99% certain that guy likes to take strap-ons up the ass.

Back in my day... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214706)

...the astronauts drank Tang and liked it, dagnabbit!

HEY (2, Funny)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214716)

You just forget about the wasabi incident or I'm going to diaper drive over to your house and kick your ass.

Re:HEY (1)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215908)

By the moderation, am I to assume that the term 'diaper drive' isn't going to enter the lexicon in the same way that 'drunk dial' has?

Chorizo? Score! (5, Funny)

Elrond, Duke of URL (2657) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214736)

Well, that settles it. If I can get chorizo in space, sign me up. It's hard enough to find here on Earth in most places.

Mmmmmmm...

Re:Chorizo? Score! (4, Funny)

plover (150551) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214958)

The bigger question is what do his fellow astronauts think about the chorizo a few hours after he's eaten it? It's not like you can open a window, or blame the dog.

Re:Chorizo? Score! (1)

kermit1221 (75994) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215164)

"It's hard enough to find here on Earth in most places."

Where are you at? It's all over here in SoCal. We probably just have the whole planet's supply of it concentrated here...

Re:Chorizo? Which Kind? (4, Informative)

lordofthechia (598872) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215498)

Depends on which kind of chorizo you're talking about. Mexican chorizo (the kind I've seen anyway) has a consistency like uncooked breakfast sausage (and indeed when you buy it in the store it must be cooked before consumption).

Spanish chorizo (my favorite by far) is a different animal all together (well still pig). It's ready to eat, has a consistency like salami and is generally sliced a few mm thick when served on a sandwich.

Now you should see the difference between what Mexicans call tortillas and what tortillas are in Spain! (Spanish tortillas are more like a quiche or omelet made from a dozen to 18 eggs, containing green peppers and potatoes, they're about 6cm thick and quite delicious).

Ok, now I'm hungry for a Spanish chorizo and Manchego cheese sandwich dammit!

Re:Chorizo? Score! (1)

Elrond, Duke of URL (2657) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215866)

I'm from Southern Arizona (Tucson) and, like SoCal, it is everywhere. That is, Mexican restaurants, markets, etc. are all over the place and you'd be hard pressed to find one that doesn't sell chorizo. Even most ordinary grocery stores carry passable chorizo. The best always came from my grandparents in Bisbee which is a stone's throw from the border.

Now, I'm in Amherst, Mass. and it is significantly harder to find. What I can locate is usually Spanish style chorizo. That's not bad, of course, but much different from Mexican which I'd rather have.

On the other hand, now I can have clam chowder for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I really wanted...

Re:Chorizo? Score! (1)

NerveGas (168686) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215204)

It's only hard to find if you're far away from Mexico, and/or don't want to visit the Mexican markets...

Re:Chorizo? Score! (1)

Derosian (943622) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215262)

IHOP sells some basic Chorizo and they are located everywhere in the US.

Re:Chorizo? Score! (2, Interesting)

drig (5119) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215618)

It's easy enough to make. Take a good fatty, but not grisly, cut of pork. Like the butt (which is the shoulder) or even some of the trimmings off cheap pork chops. Add chili powder. Grind. I've made it in my food processor and it was easily as good as any I had in Mexico. I use the Chili powder from Penzys spices.

yum (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214754)

On his first day of school, at Devinter Montana, one Buford Tiberius Slocum, had a dirt sandwhich for lunch.

One of the teachers was kind enough to get him some juice to wash it down.

film at 11:00

Aren't there rules against things like this? (5, Funny)

FlyByPC (841016) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214756)

Wasabi isn't a food -- it's a weapon. I'm convinced that if you brought two large chunks of it together fast enough, it would go supercritical...

Re:Aren't there rules against things like this? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214772)

It does, and the casualty is Uranus.

Re:Aren't there rules against things like this? (1)

Servo (9177) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214852)

I've consumed quite a bit of spicy food in my day including wasabi, but I've never had wasabi "punish" me beyond the initial sinus flash.

And trust me, I've eaten so much wasabi in one sitting that my taste buds went numb for 2 days, with no further punishment.

Re:Aren't there rules against things like this? (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214950)

Same here. I eat all sorts of spicy food (good ol' southern BBQ, Thai, Indian, etc). I even ordered one dish (can't remember what it was - some type of chicken in a orange colored sauce) at a local Indian place and asked for it "extra spicy". My lips were swelling up at the end and I was about to have to start plugging my nose with my napkin, but there was no later consequences. I think this "2nd burn" mentioned often only affects some people. Everyone who mentions it seems to not like spicy food - in turn people who like spicy food usually have no clue what someone's talking about when they talk about the "2nd burn".

Either that or people who consume sufficient quantities of spicy stuff eventually just become immune to the effect.

Re:Aren't there rules against things like this? (0, Troll)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215086)

Butt plug + wasabi = orbit without rocket perhaps? O_o

-nB

for the mods: funny != troll mkay?

Re:Aren't there rules against things like this? (1)

DaveAtFraud (460127) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215194)

I almost feel sorry for the wimps who can't handle wasabi but, on the other hand, more for me. I keep a container of wasabi powder on hand and mix some up whenever I fix a tuna steak.

The local sushi place (http://www.junzrestaurant.com/index.htm - see the Phoenix Role on the sushi menu) has a spicy role with seared tuna and lots of chili sauce. Absolutely incredible even with powdered wasabi but you have to try it with fresh wasabi. The fresh stuff is just as pungent as the powder but tastes better.

Dammit. Now I'm hungry again and I just finished a nice steak dinner.

Cheers,
Dave

Re:Aren't there rules against things like this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215774)

I've never suffered the "Pacific Ring of Fire" for eating wasabi. I have had it from extremely spicy wedges once, and it was quite surprising... I found the confidence to try them again, and haven't had a repeat. I don't really understand why, but perhaps it's related to what is in your stomach at the time? Perhaps wasabi on an empty stomach results in the scarlet circle?

Re:Aren't there rules against things like this? (4, Funny)

Stephen Tennant (936097) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214798)

With me, it goes supercritical a couple of hours after ingestion - what scientists have classed a "brown nova."

Re:Aren't there rules against things like this? (1)

YU Nicks NE Way (129084) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214898)

Not quite. It doesn't go supercritical -- it goes superficial.

Useful practice? (3, Insightful)

Original Replica (908688) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214802)

I wonder if this was a decent simulation of a more dangerous spill? What would they do if there was a leaking battery or something worse?

Re:Useful practice? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214946)

At least she didn't spill hot grits on herself.

Re:Useful practice? (1)

temojen (678985) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215022)

Like powdered wasabi!

Re:Useful practice? (1)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215144)

Powdered wasabi in zero G?

Oh, the humanity!

Re:Useful practice? (1)

kermit1221 (75994) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215188)

Probably okay for practice. I imagine there is probably already a plan in place for leaking batteries though, as well as most anything that's actually part of the station.

When the plans were created there probably were no thoughts of wasabi, or tobasco, or any other wet foods being a problem. These guys can't make a computer handle rolling over to the new calendar at new years, or make sure their people aren't homicidal nutjobs, why should they bother testing parts/systems against food?

Oh! For the Love of Pete (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215396)

It's not that they can't make a computer capable of handling year end rollovers - It's that it's unnecessary. The shuttle was designed from day one to be on the ground for New Years.

Re:Useful practice? (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215952)

These guys can't make a computer handle rolling over

I had a computer handle that rolled once, think it was on an Osborne I. The plastic grip rotated all the time, not just new year's day. I don't think it was spaceworthy, though -- you would have had to have left one of the astronauts at home.

(Gods save us from unambiguous speech in a humour drought).

Re:Useful practice? (3, Funny)

YGingras (605709) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215304)

What would they do if there was a leaking battery or something worse?
I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. --Ellen Ripley

Re:Useful practice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215674)

No. They don't tend to use wasabi-powered batteries in space. They're far too dangerous.

Fan and filter on a tennis racket (1)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214814)

I'm surprised they don't create a tennis racket-like device with a low-RPM multibladed fan and an accordian fine-mesh screen. Sweeping that slowly through the air would draw any floating particulates into the screen and the fan would provide just enough suction to hold them there. A smaller higher-rpm "dust buster" could clean the filter.

Re:Fan and filter on a tennis racket (1)

sqrt(2) (786011) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214834)

Or they could maybe use...a drinking straw.

Re:Fan and filter on a tennis racket (4, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214868)

I'm surprised they don't create a tennis racket-like device with a low-RPM multibladed fan and an accordian fine-mesh screen.

They already have fans and filters, but it won't help if the wasabi is already sticking to something like a wall, some equipment, or a person. Cleaning up is an issue because water and cleaning materials are in short supply.

It would be interesting to calculate the internal surface are of the ISS down to a reasonable scale. It must be several square kilometers, at least.

Re:Fan and filter on a tennis racket (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215584)

It must be several square kilometers, at least.

I wonder how it scales to a ten million gallon oil spill.

Re:Fan and filter on a tennis racket (1)

ViciousAndCruel (1000116) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214990)

They won't make such a device as RPM is too focused on Red Hat based distros. perhaps YUM would be a better alternative.

*Chuckle* (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214818)

Tee hee! It's funny stories like this that really justify the $2billion/year price tag associated with the ISS! Remember that golf shot last year? And don't forget that cosmonaut who got married up there too.

Lovely stuff..

I don't know which one is more pathetic... (0, Troll)

jkrise (535370) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214828)

NASA's frantic efforts to remind the world of their existence and relavance

or

Microsoft's desperate efforts to popularise the flying pig called Vista.

Daily articles (slashvertisements) on Slashdot can't help either cause.

Much ado about less than nothing.

Re:I don't know which one is more pathetic... (2, Insightful)

jkrise (535370) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214980)

Who the hell modded the parent post Troll? All 20 responses so far have been just Funny or Clueless so far... and all in a science.slashdot.org article.

What useful scientific knowledge does this article provide? Should we trivialise space research to mean flying noodles or some more ultra-high-tech weapons that no one knows anything about?

Mods, get a clue, will you?

Re:I don't know which one is more pathetic... (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215046)

Should we trivialise space research to mean flying noodles
There would be no space research, nor wasabi, without the grace of His Noodliness.
Ramen.
~O.O~

Hmmm... (1)

JimXugle (921609) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214850)

I'd never go into space on a flying deat-- I mean... Space shuttle; but suppose I found myself on the ISS...

How would they store my favorite food: Sushi?

Re:Hmmm... (1)

oostevo (736441) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214900)

Well, I hope I'm not missing a joke or anything, but ... erm ... from the article:

The spicy greenish condiment was squirted out of a tube while astronaut Sunita Williams was trying to make a pretend sushi meal with bag-packaged salmon.
So basically sushi was what caused this "incident."

Re:Hmmm... (3, Interesting)

hey! (33014) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214928)

Well, a nice maki holds together well.

The problem is condiments.

For your Shoyu, I suggest a sponge. Natural of course. For all I know there's probably a species of sponge that is sushi. Place the sponge in a cylindrical container slightly larger than your roll, with a snap top. When you are ready to eat, you open the snap top and push your roll down into the container.

Now -- for the wasabi. Condiments are tricky. One should start by asking -- why are condiments served on the side? Apart from differences in persional taste, the main reason is to keep liquids from migrating from the food to the condiment or vice versa, which would degrade the texture of the food, as well as cause a loss of identity between the two. This is why "peanut butter crackers" don't have normal peanut butter. Instead they have a rather dessicated, de-oiled peanut paste. If they put regular peanut butter in them, then the peanut butter would end up that way, but the cracker would turn to mush.

So, I'm thinking a thin, tasteless cellulose polymer, formulated to have moisture barrier properties, sprayed on the surface of your sushi. We then apply the wasabi -- the less assembly done in space, the fewer chances for screwups, whether we're talking equipment or food. Since you only need a small amount of wasabi, it might be feasible to introduce gelatin or some other binding agent to give the wasabi greater adhering power. You don't want spray anything on the wasabi, since you are supposed to taste it on contact. Most other sushi ingredience release their full flavor after being bitten or masticated.

Thin films -- after to an inanimate carbon rod, the next unsung hero of the space program.

Re:Hmmm... (2, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215108)

Since you only need a small amount of wasabi...
Allow me to introduce you to the notion of "Irish measure", which states:
If "some" is good, "more" is better, and "way way way the fuck too much" should be just about right.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214976)

How would they store my favorite food: Sushi? I'm pretty sure they'd dehydrate it before launch >:)

In an AQUARIUM. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214998)

Duh.

Re:Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215730)

You, me, everyone else, all of us are going to die. I'd rather do it going into space. Everything in life has risks. You go to the store and there is a one in several million chance you die. Getting to go to space I would take the opportunity if I had a 1 in 2 or better chance of coming back alive. But I would not do it twice.

Chorizo (0)

Protonk (599901) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214864)

Chorizo is Spanish for Sausage. It's a bit like saying Veal Marsala.

Re:Chorizo (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215004)

Chorizo is Spanish for Sausage.

      Funny, I thought "salchicha" was Spanish for sausage, and chorizo was a special type of sausage...

Re:Chorizo (1)

SilentDissonance (516202) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215104)

Chorizo is a common type of (usually pork, if memory serves) sausage in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. It's hard to find good chorizo outside of there though. The crap they usually sell cooks down to grease that sticks REALLY well to frying pans, it's supposed to 'ball up' like ground beef, sort of.

I've taken to ordering mine through the restaurant I work at. We get good quality ingrediants there, and while 5 lbs. of chorizo is a bit much, it freezes fine, and lasts me a good long while. :)

Re:Chorizo (1)

rpguy (998925) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215184)

Actually, it's also fairly easy to find in New England, especially Rhode Island and Massachusetts, due to the high concentration of Portugese residents. However, it's spelled "chourico" here (formally so as well, since the sausage originated in Portugal). I love using it as an accent to pasta sauces, or a side dish with eggs. :-) It adds a wonderful flavor to most recipes that usually can't be matched by your usual spices or marination.

The only issue some man find is the fact that you have to cook it thoroughly or, you're guaranteed to get a new tapeworm for your intestines.

Re:Chorizo (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215538)

...and chorizo was a special type of sausage...

especially when served with "dos huevos"...

Not exactly (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215040)

Chorizo is "chorizo" in Spain, and sausage is "salchicha" when referencing the common German types (like the hotdogs ones, but also served alone). I have seen chorizo served in slices (some really thin, around 1 mm) but never with sausages, and it is cured and rather red with white parts.

In other Spanish talking countries, I do not know if that applies too, but beware as I know some words change from one to another in rather nasty ways, like with Mexico's "tortilla" (as in "unleavened cake") vs Spain's "tortilla" (omelette). You better always ask the restaurant staff or point at the pictures in the menu. ;]

On a side note, I saw exported chorizo and it was labelled by producers as "paprika pork sausage" (and also in German, but I forgot), I guess they took care to describe it the best way possible to make sure foreign buyers knew what they were getting.

Re:Chorizo (1)

PopeJM (956574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215360)

or "chai tea"

Every day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18214882)

Notice the space (hahaha) in between every and day.

"Everyday" means commonplace or ordinary. As in, "It's just an everyday kind of thing."

"Every day" means, well, every day. As in, "I brush my teeth every day."

Slownewsday? (2)

Praseodymn (195411) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214888)

How is this a slow news day post? I mean, I know that most 'geeks' don't acknowledge the existence of food geeks or all of the exciting things happening in the realm of food science but..

oh hell with it. /. hates food geeks.

Lay off (4, Funny)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214890)

Her U.S. crew mate, astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, is an even bigger foodie.

Yeah, we know Americans are somewhat large on average - but do we really have to draw attention to his weight problem? It can't be that bad if he's an astronaut. Maybe he just has big bones?

Mmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215078)

OK, the word "foodie" has got to die. Seriously.

What else can't they handle? (3, Insightful)

Todd Knarr (15451) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214910)

One has to wonder. Surely this same kind of spill could happen with any semi-liquid item, eg. ketchup or mustard, with equal consequences for the equipment and people. There's plenty of chemicals that can spill and present as much of a vapor/inhalation hazard as wasabi if not more. And it's not like NASA doesn't know things like this can happen, we've got 40+ years of experience with zero-gee and more than that of sci-fi stories featuring comedy based around stuff in zero-gee floating where it's not supposed to be. Shouldn't this have been a total non-event, something long planned and prepared for?

Re:What else can't they handle? (2, Insightful)

susano_otter (123650) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215508)

What is more likely: That NASA, with 40+ years of experience, doesn't know how to handle this kind of thing? Or that a reporter for a business journal is neither well-informed on the topic, nor particularly interested in writing a boring article about how this isn't really news?

air contaminants (5, Interesting)

Jeff1946 (944062) | more than 7 years ago | (#18214970)

I have advised the folks who work on analyzing the air in the ISS. I talked to an astronaut about things that concerned them getting into the air. She said Tabasco sauce was one concern. With zero gravity a drop could float around and accidently be inhaled or get into your eye. Eventually the air filtration system will capture it. One of the effects of zero g on the human body is the redistribution of fluids which causes a loss of taste. This is why the astronauts like to add spicyness to their foods.

Look out!! (0)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215030)

They're ruffled!!!

Equipment (1)

PenGun (794213) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215038)

They don't have a little vacuum cleaner? Well they should, a tiny shopvac would be perfect.

fuck yankdot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215080)

arrogant fat cowards

obligatory Simpson quote (2, Funny)

mikesum (840054) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215082)

(From space shuttle above the Earth) Homer: It's beautiful. It's the most awe-inspiring sight I have ever seen. Giver of life, mother of us all...hey guys, look what I smuggled aboard! [shows a bag of chips] Buzz Aldrin: Homer, no! [Homer breaks open bag; chips fly everywhere] Race Banyon: They'll clog the instruments! Buzz: Careful! They're ruffled! Homer: I'll handle this! [Homer floats around the cabin, eating chips to The Blue Danube - an obvious reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey]

In a Soviet Space Program... (1)

fuse2k (1047490) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215206)

...the wasabi spills YOU!

A Note on NASA ISS Food (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215226)

Given the failure of STS and ISS, food should be administered by injection.

Either, injection through a blood transfer or as an annal probe to the gut.

The NASA Director perfers the Back Orefice (go figure since he's a faggot
and hates his wife and has tried to have the kidds killed by hired hands
several times ... who be married just to keep a Federal Government
job and get a chance at a fat pension after he ditches ... as in a pilot
bailing out of a fu*cked up plane at Edwards AFB).

Toodles

Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215256)

Honwasabi? Or was it just a bunch of horse radish...?

First the Pepsi Syndrome... (1)

stox (131684) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215416)

and now the Wasabi Incident. After shorting out a critical relay, the ISS plunges to earth, hits Three Mile Island, and covers the entire east coast in a cloud of radioactive debris. Can Jimmy Carter save us now?

Things you really don't want to bring into space (3, Insightful)

Y-Crate (540566) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215430)

I'm quite a fan of Indian cuisine, but in light of the limitations of their air filtering system, don't you think it's a bit cruel to allow an astronaut to bring curry aboard the ISS?

Quick! (1)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215502)

Give Haliburton a multibillion dollar contract to clean up the spill! Their plan to build a tower of money to reach the space station is brilliant and we need to reward that kind of visionary thinking.

Obl. Space joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215556)

FTFA:



Unfortunately for Williams, the wasabi tube has been banished to a cargo vehicle where it will stay packed away.



"I don't think we're going to use it anymore," she said. "It's too dangerous."



In *Soviet Russian* Spacecraft...Wasabi eats you!



Ok, mod me down now :P



/posting as anonymous because i lost my login

Wasabi isn't all that dangerous... (4, Funny)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215610)

...at least it won't drive 1000 miles wearing a diaper and try and kidnap another astronaut.

Re:Wasabi isn't all that dangerous... (1)

nexuspal (720736) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215968)

The diaper was just to prove how much she loved him!

Slicey Snacks (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215626)

Let me know when the space station is threatened by ridged potato chips.

What would we do without NASA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18215766)

As always, good to know that they know what their priorities are. If they ban catsup and mustard to, they'll get us back to the moon even sooner!

I wonder... (1)

itsmilesdavis (985700) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215864)

How long does a spicy crunch roll last in outerspace?

Can I still eat it the next day?

re-evaluate (1)

TopSpin (753) | more than 7 years ago | (#18215872)

Re-evaluate this. I got your re-evaluation right here.

Months on end in an orbiting chunk of aerospace hardware, flickering lights, fans and radios... Imagine living inside your computer. Someone slops a little food on the wall and the bureaucrats call a meeting.

Let them have their foil wrapped treats. It is worth the risks. I'd rather have someone who would insist on it instead of roll over. Someone eating wasabi on the space station; how cool is that?

Happy Friday.

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