Space snack time with Samantha Cristoforetti

In this video, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tells us about the healthy snacks that she eats in the spaceship.

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Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA Astronaut: Hello and welcome to Node 1, the place on the International Space Station where we have our meals together and it is also the place we can come mid-afternoon or mid-morning to quickly grab a snack. I'd like to show you some ideas of healthy snacks that we have here on board the International Space Station.

For example we have plenty of fruit. Most of the time it's not fresh fruit unfortunately. We have fruit, for example this citrus fruit salad in strong stabilised pouches, like this one. Or sometimes we have fruit which needs to be rehydrated, like these strawberries. Or sometimes we have fruit that looks just like it would on Earth, for example this pouch of dried apple, which I like a lot! Seeds and nuts are also great ideas for a healthy snack. Here on board, for example, I have this pumpkin seeds bar and we also have plenty of nuts. How about for example some macadamia nuts?

I also have this very special power bar which was made for me by chef Stefano Polato and it contains plenty of very healthy, nutritious ingredients like erm, wholegrain cereals, fruits, dried fruits, nuts, seeds and a special ingredient called spirulina and chef Stefano Polato will also show us how to make this at home! So, snack time is a great opportunity to put the right rocket fuel in your body and as always, don’t panic, eating healthy is not rocket science!


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Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Fri, 18/02/2022 - 20:44


When you look from the outside you probably say "Oh, it will be great to be an astronaut", but when you realize all the sacrifices involved maybe I wouldn't want to be an astronaut, what I'm sure of is that I would like to do a space trip when it is cheaper in the future. My favorite snacks are sandwiches and some fruit.

Submitted by Camila Abreu on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 15:01

I would love to be astronaut. In reality, I usually eat well. For me, there would be no problem eating dried fruits and seeds in space.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Sat, 16/05/2020 - 00:15

No. Not at all. My favourite snacks include confectionery, pastries and dough.

Submitted by Fudhol on Wed, 11/09/2019 - 03:21

No, it sounds cool but I don't want to be an astronaut. I can't live far from home and far from my family for a long time. It would be boring and annoying. On the other hand, there is one thing that I really want to feel if I would be an astronaut, That is how it feels to stand in zero gravity, I think it would be an indescribable experience.

Submitted by Juan R. Velazq… on Thu, 13/09/2018 - 20:18

why not? I would like to know what it feels when you are out there without gravity, floating in the air inside of one of those spacecrafts orbiting earth. Some people might see it as a boring profession, but i think like everything in life, it has more to do with the passion and love for what you do. My favorite snacks are ice cream and biscuits.

Submitted by Néstor Serrano on Tue, 10/07/2018 - 18:56

I woudn't like to be an astronaut because I woudn't be in a place closed without sun light, rounded by all the dark in the space. My favorite snack is some seeds and nuts like: mani, maranion seeds, and some dried fruits.
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Submitted by Andercius23 on Fri, 30/03/2018 - 02:47

My favorite snack is fries and peanuts. Ice cream is allways welcome as well!

Submitted by lai567 on Mon, 26/02/2018 - 03:44

Of course I wanna be an astronaut because always I wanted go to the space. However, I think my favourite snaks are not so healty because I like chocolates, popcorn and spicy peanuts.

Submitted by LAUWICK on Tue, 20/02/2018 - 10:53

I would not like to be an astronaut, because I am claustrophobic, and I am surely too bad enough at scientific tasks to be in a space station ! Ma favorite snack is protein cake because I do sports very often. I also like doing ma pastries myself because I eat gluten free.

Submitted by sonine on Sun, 28/01/2018 - 18:10

I don't think i would appreciate to be an astronaut. I like to eat fresh fruits on earth ! It don't seem to be easy to eat when food is flying. Nevertheless, i appreciate to see Samantha eating in the station. Thanks a lot to her to let us show the way she eats on board !