This is what NASA astronauts are eating on Thanksgiving

In its quest to decode the mysteries of space and time, NASA has demystified one of life’s great unanswered questions: What do astronauts eat on Thanksgiving?

Pretty much the same thing as everyone else, it turns out, only with a lot more “thermostabilization.” (It’s the process of “preservation by heat, usually under pressure,” Us Vs Th3m helpfully tells us.)

NASA/Wikimedia Commons

The 6 intrepid scientists currently exploring the final frontier aboard the International Space Station will today be treated to “irradiated smoked turkey, thermostabilized candied yams and freeze-dried green beans and mushrooms,” according to a NASA’s blog post.

There’s also a side-order of “freeze-dried cornbread dressing” (just add water!), with thermostabilized cherry-blueberry cobbler to top it all off. 

In the future, astronauts may even be treated to fresh sweet potatoes. The veggie is “able to adapt to a controlled environment with artificial sunlight” and is “highly adaptable to a variety of vine-training architectures,” making it an ideal choice for growing on long space missions.

H/T Us Vs Th3m | Photo via NASA/Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)

Rob Price

Rob Price

Rob Price is a technology and politics reporter who served as the U.K.-based morning editor for the Daily Dot until 2014. He now works as the news editor for Business Insider, and his work has appeared in Vice, Slate, the Washington Post, and the Independent.