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Loafing around in space

Published: Jun 2017

Might Tim Peake be the next winner of the Great British Bake Off?

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) will soon be able to bake their own bread aboard the orbital vessel.

This is due to a German project called Bake in Space, which is developing a bread maker and dough that can be used safely in microgravity.

At present, bread and other similar items are banned onboard the ISS, as the crumbs can be dangerous and damage equipment. This was demonstrated in 1965 when astronaut John Young brought a corned beef sandwich onto the flight, causing a major panic.

To develop the bread, Bake in Space is working with a host of people from different disciplines to overcome the challenge of making bread as we know it, crumb-free.

According to New Scientist magazine, its hopes to test the product on a 2018 European Space Agency’s trip to the International Space Station, but it is yet to have a recipe.

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