DoubleTree by Hilton chocolate chip cookies to be first food baked in space

DoubleTree by Hilton chocolate chip cookies to be first food baked in space
The objective of the initiative is to make long-duration space travel hospitable
Published: 7 November 2019 - 4:45 a.m.
By: Hotelier Middle East Staff
DoubleTree by Hilton’s chocolate chip cookies are officially on the International Space Station (ISS) and are about to become the first food baked in space.

Launched on November 2, 2019 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, the brand’s cookie dough will be baked inside a prototype oven 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 provider of commercial access to space.

The objective of the initiative is to make long-duration space travel hospitable.

The brand’s global manager, Shawn McAteer said: “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. 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.”

Nanoracks’ senior internal payloads manager, Mary Murphy 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’s 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.”

After the baking experiment, the cookies will undergo additional testing back on Earth to assess the outcome.

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