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

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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.

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Sat, 16/05/2020 - 00:15

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

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

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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

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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

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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.

Submitted by Andercius23 on Fri, 30/03/2018 - 02:47

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

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

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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

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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

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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 !

Submitted by naynwe on Wed, 20/12/2017 - 15:17

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I wish i were an astronasmus,i would eat those all snacks before went back to the earth.

Submitted by Thiha Lin on Mon, 11/12/2017 - 16:02

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I don't want to be an astronaut because I don't like to live in a place with zero Gravity.

Submitted by MrRequena on Fri, 01/12/2017 - 11:36

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I wish I could be an astronaut, of course! But when you see their daily routine on board, it doesn't seem as exciting as one has always imagined.

Submitted by faustaleonardo on Thu, 23/11/2017 - 14:38

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I had never thought myself as an astronaut because the occupation seems impossible to have due to the status of my country as a developing country where our infrastructure is not as great as developed country. My favorite snack is oreo.

Submitted by Yvonne Tseng on Thu, 23/11/2017 - 13:26

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nutritious ingredients like erm What's "erm" mean?

Hello Yvonne Tseng,

faustaleonardo (thank you, faustaleonardo!) is right -- it doesn't mean anything, it's just what we say when we need a moment to think about what to say next. Sometimes it's spelled 'um' but in British English it tends to be spelt 'erm'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Yvonne, I think that the word: erm is an expression that some people do to remember what is the next word, I guess. Bye.

Submitted by n.hadaeghi on Fri, 17/11/2017 - 13:20

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I am vegetarian and I always prefer dishes full of fresh vegetables, nuts, and seeds. It was striking when you see how astronomers have a snack in their space travel.

Submitted by kamilia Elkady on Fri, 17/11/2017 - 09:59

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when I was a child I dreamed of being many professions, however, being an astronaut was not one of them, or at least that what I remember. Regarding eating snacks, I do eat seeds, fruits which are always fresh and affordable, and salads -for sure- usually, I make a green salad and yogurt ones due to the ingredients accessibility and affordability. I wish I can earn more money so I can afford things like nuts because it's very expensive in my country.

Submitted by Kkxx on Mon, 30/10/2017 - 00:07

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Never think of being one but it looks so cool when she caught that nut when it floating. I love yogurt and nuts as snack.

Submitted by khammal92 on Thu, 26/10/2017 - 16:43

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being an astronaut is not the perfect job for me, i mean i don't like to be in one place for a loàng time, but i would love to visit the space one day, seeing the view from there is a must. my favorite snack is dehydrated fruits

Submitted by bornasevil on Fri, 20/10/2017 - 14:55

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Being an astrounaut is one of my dream when I was in elementary school. And the special power bar looks delicious to me.

Submitted by victorh on Tue, 17/10/2017 - 03:05

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Be an astronaut was one of my favorite future jobs when I was a kid, But now I don't think I can do it. seems to be very interesting, but be in a small place for a long period of time is like to be a prisoner of your own desitions. Well, my favorite snack is healthy power bars.

Submitted by A-S on Sat, 30/09/2017 - 10:01

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hmm... not finding a preparation task in this one. Is it just me?

Hello A-S,

I found the Preparation task and put it back on the page. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks very much for telling us about this!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Leo Teixeira on Tue, 19/09/2017 - 23:37

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I'd like to be an astronaut and my favorite snack is dehydrated fruits

Submitted by Ahmed 17 on Sat, 16/09/2017 - 14:09

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I hope, it is very fantastic time. I like nuts during watching tv

Submitted by S. Putra. M on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 13:05

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i would like to an astronout, they can see the earth from in the space. it is a great idea if i got an invitation from NASA.

Submitted by omnes on Tue, 12/09/2017 - 13:29

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I wouldn't like be an astronaut, it looks that's space is not the right enviroment for our body. Watching the video I was woindering how the internal functions of your organism are afected during an experince like this. It looks like she had some difficulty eating just a simple nut

Submitted by Mona ellity on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 19:15

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I wouldn't like to be an astronaut, because it a dangerous jop and make me far about my family for along time. My favourite snake is nuts.

Submitted by nemat on Fri, 08/09/2017 - 20:08

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idont think I can be an astronaut, even ilove to see the sky , clouds , other side of the world but I prefer to watched throw the t.v. but not in the real place .

Submitted by MarinaPalomar on Sun, 03/09/2017 - 12:12

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I'm very proud of Samantha Cristoforetti, Italian astronaut! I'd like to be an astronaut, but I think is not easy because it' s necessary to study a lot of mathematics and physics. My favorite snacks are every kind of nuts and dry fruits. And also potato chips!

Submitted by Ephesus on Sun, 03/09/2017 - 10:06

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I do not know why my last comment deleted by "admin"? I'm just curious about it May behe/she tell me if there is a reason about my sayings!. Anyway ı have some short express about Space journeys that For human body, to be astronaut not easy. Human body not designed to survive on the space and long distance voyages.

Hello Ephesus,

I'm sorry about that! I'm not sure what happened, but we only intentionally delete comments that are identical copies of other comments or which violate our House Rules in some way. Occasionally we make mistakes, however, and that must be what happened here. Please accept our apologies!

Thanks for your comments and sorry again!

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Submitted by Alberto O on Thu, 31/08/2017 - 09:18

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It would be great to be an astronaut, but I'm afraid a little old for it, and I'm sure astronauts are required of perfect physical fit as well. In any case, I would enjoy to be at a space station, watching Earth from out of it and watching the stars and de Solar System a little closer to them. And what about gravity zero? Wow, that must be the best of all. It's fun watching in the video how well Samantha manages to take and show the snacks while there's no gravity.

Submitted by adamszago on Wed, 30/08/2017 - 14:02

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I think no, I have panic in closed places, so I couldn't be an astronaut, but I love snacks and my favorite one is pocorn.

Submitted by maulanamahendra on Mon, 28/08/2017 - 08:14

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When I was a child I wanted to be a cosmonaut. At that time, I watched how the Russian Space Station, MIR operates from my TV screen. My favourite snack are potato chips, fried chicken wing and fried peanuts.

Submitted by Rgothardi on Thu, 24/08/2017 - 19:18

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I am not sure if I would like to be an astronaut because they pass through such a hard training and I do not know if I have the discipline for that. My favorite snack is ham and cheese sandwich.

Submitted by Sandy Zeng on Thu, 24/08/2017 - 11:29

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I wouldn't like to be an astronaut because i think their life are so boring. I like to eat apple as snack.

Submitted by Ley on Wed, 23/08/2017 - 01:03

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I wouldn't to like to be an astronaut, because they have to travel far from the earth and stay in the space for long time. My favorite snacks is peanuts.

Submitted by Ley on Wed, 23/08/2017 - 01:03

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I wouldn't to like to be an astronaut, because they have to travel far from the earth and stay in the space for long time. My favorite snacks is peanuts.

Submitted by Kaixuan on Tue, 22/08/2017 - 16:45

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I would'nt like to be a astronaut, why? Because that's to exhaustic for me, I couldn't imagined myself live at this stiuation though. My favourite snacks is umm... I would say chocolate, though i didn't got a particular one, but I Fancy the taste Of chocolate.

Submitted by hossamz on Mon, 21/08/2017 - 20:16

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yes i want to be astronaut. i'm also believe about there is many planet we can live on it and we are not alone in that universe, my favourite snacks is chips

Submitted by jmateo on Tue, 15/08/2017 - 18:18

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When I was child, I wanted to be a astronaut, but now I think is not for me, But Also I think is it is exciting see the espace and experiencie zero gravity. My favourite scnack is a chocalate bar whith seeds

Submitted by Ben24 on Sun, 13/08/2017 - 01:20

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Yes, I would like to be an astronaut. In fact, I would be the first peruvian astronaut! My favorite snack are buiscuits.

Submitted by Rachel Wu on Thu, 10/08/2017 - 04:40

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I always admire astronauts, but I wouldn't like to become an astronaut because I don't think I'm brave enough to live and work so far away from the Earth. I love eating snacks, especially snacks with chocolate flavor.

Submitted by Georgecamp on Wed, 09/08/2017 - 00:39

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Yes I would like to be an astronaut but is very difficult to eat only that kind of foods every time you want

Submitted by Lovelu85 on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 07:58

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Yes if i got the chance i will try to experience this journey. My favourite snacks is nuts

Submitted by Levent on Sun, 06/08/2017 - 19:00

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While I was a young I had wanted to be a pilot than may be astronaut. But I am not a young anymore.
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