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DoubleTree by Hilton’s chocolate chip cookies first food baked in space
Saturday, 09 November, 2019, 15 : 00 PM [IST]
DoubleTree by Hilton’s popular chocolate chip cookies are on the International Space Station (ISS), and about to become the first food baked in space. Launched recently from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, the brand’s cookie dough will be baked inside a prototype oven in the coming days by astronauts in a historic scientific experiment.

Announced earlier this year, the launch is a result of a partnership between DoubleTree by Hilton, Zero G Kitchen, which creates appliances for microgravity use in long-duration space flights, and Nanoracks, a leading provider of commercial access to space. The objective of the initiative is to make long-duration space travel more hospitable.

“While Hilton has had many firsts throughout its 100-year history, this experiment will mark Hilton as the first hospitality company to participate in research aboard the space station,” said Shawn McAteer, senior vice-president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton.

“We’re thrilled our DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie is sending Hilton hospitality into orbit, and contributing to a pivotal moment in aerospace history, as we test the outcome of the first food baked in space,” he added.

Mary Murphy, senior internal payloads manager, Nanoracks, said, “We’re excited to test the prototype oven in space with the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies, as all aspects of the oven and trays were designed by Nanoracks for operation in the microgravity environment of the ISS.”

“What is so interesting about this is that it will be the first time anything will be baked in space. What will the cookies look like? Will they bake out equally in all directions and form a sphere, or stay flat? While we don’t know for sure how the experiment will turn out, we are looking forward to finding out and learning how to best bake food products in space,” he added.

After the baking experiment, the cookies will undergo additional testing back on Earth to assess the outcome. And the astronauts aboard the ISS will be given an opportunity to enjoy special pre-baked DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies, since those baked in the prototype oven will return to Earth to be studied.
 
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