One of items on the menu for the space shuttle Discovery’s next mission is a specially developed Swedish yoghurt.
The yoghurt which has been specially modified to be suitable for consumption in the weightlessness of space, will be part of Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang’s daily diet in orbit.
There are two swedish dairy products that have been accepted by NASA for space on the STS-116 mission which is set to launch on December the 7th. One is a special powder milk with pro-biotic bacteria and the other is a range of yoghurts. Both have been developed for the ”extreme” environment of space.
According to the company behind the products, high calcium dairy food is one way to combat the detrimental effects of weightlessness in orbit which accelerates the loss of calcium from bones.
Another Swedish-made space-food is a snack called ”milkbites” - small round milk-flavoured balls that astronauts can take with them into space. Four ”milkbites” corresponds to one glass of milk.