Japanese astronauts who are at the International Space Station for the long run can look forward to having ramen noodles, rice balls and green tea on their menus, Japan's space agency has said.
With help from companies such as Nissin Food Products, the agency, JAXA, has come up with 29 dishes intended to provide Japanese spacefarers with familiar food in their "bonus packs,'' the agency said in a statement.
Space station crew members are given a certain number of bonus packs of their favorite foods to help endure their months in space, where most meals are the equivalent of military rations.
The Japanese dishes - which also include simmered mackerel, Japanese-style curry and various soups - were approved late last month, the agency said.
To meet space standards, foods must have a shelf life of at least a year, be nutritionally rich, and be easy to prepare and eat in a zero-gravity environment.
Foods that are too runny or grainy are banned because portions might float off and interfere with equipment, JAXA said.
Astronauts at the ISS currently eat food supplied by Russia or the United States, though bonus packs from other countries are sometimes served.
The companies will be able to market their creations with an official JAXA label that reads "Japanese Space Food,'' the agency added. The agency plans to start shipping food to NASA this month, with use of the food to start next February.
Simon: Did you hear about the new Japanese space food?
Sally: Yeah. It sounds like it will be really nice for the Japanese guys up there to have a little taste of home.
Simon: Never mind them! I want to know if I can get some. It would be perfect for my trip to the Gobi Desert.
Sally: Well, I shouldn't think so. I mean, it's a special kind of food, isn't it?
Simon: You never know! Anyway, I intend to find out.
a little taste of home 家鄉味
You can say that something is a little taste of home if it reminds you of your home country, home town or even your mom's cooking. The phrase implies that it will comfort you, especially if you're homesick or sad.
假如某樣東西讓你想到自己家鄉或母親的手藝，就可以用「a little taste of home」來形容。這樣東西可以撫慰人心，尤其在你想家或感傷時。