KFC Is Launching A Chicken Sandwich Into Space

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By Cooking Panda

One small step for man, one giant leap for chicken sandwiches? 

As part of a marketing campaign, KFC will be launching its Zinger sandwich into the stratosphere, on a high-flying balloon developed by World View Enterprises, an Arizona company.

World View Enterprises is planning to use this technology to send people on balloons into the stratosphere, where they will be high up enough to see Earth’s curvature and the darkness of space while even enjoying a few cocktails, according to the New York Times.

Basically, it’s a cooler, much more expensive version of Google Earth. Although World View has not said when it hopes these trips could begin, the company is taking reservations at $75,000.

But the first tourist to enjoy this scenic flight will be not be a wealthy traveler or an adventure-minded businessperson, but rather a spicy fried chicken sandwich.

Yep. You read that right. 

The Zinger, created by KFC in 1984, is a spicy, hand-breaded fried chicken sandwich. Although it’s sold in more than 120 countries, it wasn’t available in the U.S. until spring of 2017.

The concept of this marketing campaign is the dual launch of the Zinger both in the U.S. and in the stratosphere, said George Felix, KFC’s director of advertising, according to the New York Times.

When World View was approached with the idea, it was finishing up development of high-flying balloons it calls stratollites.

“As you can imagine, when we first heard about it, we laughed our heads off,” Jane Poynter, World View’s chief executive, said to the New York Times. “And when we picked ourselves off the floor, we actually thought it was really, really cool.”

The sandwich will be sent up as part of the stratollite’s demonstration flight. If all goes well, the balloon should stay in flight for at least four days.

Don’t worry though, there won’t be any aliens around to steal the sandwich. The balloon doesn’t  travel high enough to reach the 62-mile threshold considered the edge of space.

This would have been a great stunt during the Cold War. 

I know the U.S. already landed on the moon and everything, but sending a KFC sandwich up to space would really have been the icing on the cake (or the mayo on the Zinger).

“Are you really sending the Zinger sandwich into space?” begins an exchange on the FAQ page of KFC’s Zinger01 website.

“Yes. Yes we are?”

“Really?”

“Yes.”

If you still don’t believe it, you’ll be able to watch the stratollite launch at kfcin.space. 

Sources: New York Times, KFC Zinger01 / Photo credit: Dezidor/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Chicken Sandwich, KFC, Space, world view
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Watch How They Celebrate Thanksgiving In Space (Video)

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By Cooking Panda

Have you ever wondered how astronauts practice Thanksgiving? The rest of us get time off to be with our families (for the most part), but of course those in space don’t have that luxury. So what do they do?

Well, they celebrate in their own way. Nasa has shared a video on YouTube answering just that, and when you watch the video below, you’ll get to learn all about Thanksgiving for astronauts in space. Spoiler alert, they watch football too!

The Space Station Commander starts out by letting us know that the crew will have a dinner. Great news already! The dinner will consist of most of the things we’ll have with our own dinners back home. The main course will be turkey, but with a space twist on it. It’s dry packaged and will be heated up to taste just like ours (maybe …). Cherry blueberry cobbler will be for dessert, and candied yams out of a pouch will be one of the side dishes. The dehydrated food (we knew there’d be some!) will consist of cornbread stuffing, green beans and mushrooms and mashed potatoes.

I’m not much of a fan of dehydrated foods, but I’d be curious to try each of these in the Thanksgiving fashion. I imagine it’s all great when you’re up in space and not used to eating much else. Still, nothing will compare to mom’s home cooking when they touch back down. For those Southerners who love their sweet tea, don’t fret. These guys get that, too. Sweet tea with lemon is available in packets for them to wash down their feast with.

You know that awkward moment at home when you have to go around the table and say what you’re thankful for? Well they’ll be doing the same up in space, except their answers are probably pretty interesting. I mean, they’re up in space!

And what Thanksgiving is complete without football? That’s right, they’ll even be watching live football, needed to “complete the experience.” Watch the video below to see the neat little food packages that we described above!

Source: Nasa/Youtube / Photo Credit: Nasa/Youtube

Tags: nasa, Space, thanksgiving, Turkey Day
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Astronaut Food Just Got Fancier, As Caviar Makes Its Way To Space

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By Cooking Panda

Now I don’t know about you, but when I think about the height of decadence, I think of slowly indulging on glistening mounds of caviar… in space.

Okay, not really. But according to a July 18 press release from Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, the “global pioneers of American White Sturgeon farming” have somehow managed to convince NASA to ship six 30-gram tins of Farmed American White Sturgeon Caviar onboard SpaceX for a mission to space.

On July 18, SpaceX launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the first-ever USA caviar shipment to its final destination: the International Space Station.

Here’s a photo from SpaceX showing the rocket launch:

“We were thrilled when NASA selected Tsar Nicoulai Caviar for this mission,” Mark Bolourchi, president of Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, said in the press release.  “We are confident that the astronauts at the Space Station will enjoy our sustainable and farm-to-table world class California caviar.”

Adds Ali Bolourchi, vice president of Tsar Nicoulai Caviar: “Our system is designed to clean and recharge the waters so that our Sturgeon swim in the most pristine and mineral rich water under pure California Sunshine.”

While I have enjoyed the occasional taste of caviar in my time (most often in the form of roe topping my sushi), if I were about to be launched into space, I would probably crave something a little more comforting than fish eggs, but to each their own. 

Source: Tsar Nicoulai Caviar via PR Newswire​ / Photo credits: SpaceX/Flickr, 1Zoom

Tags: caviar, Space, spacex, Tsar Nicoulai Caviar
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Here’s How Astronauts Cook Spinach In Space (Video)

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Ever wondered what life is like in outer space? How do astronauts eat, sleep and shower?

We wonder that too, and while we don’t have all the answers, we are pretty psyched to find out how it’s possible to cook in zero gravity, thanks to a video from Canadian astronaut and International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield, uploaded to YouTube by VideosFromSpace.

In the video, Hadfield outlines how vacuum sealed dehydrated spinach turns from a very unappetizing dry brick to something that looks pretty decent and ready to eat in a matter of seconds, and it’s super cool.

In the beginning, Hadfield first picks out his vacuum-sealed bag of dehydrated greens, grabs it, and sends himself gliding through the space station towards the “kitchen,” also known as the rehydration station.

He attaches a little spout on the spinach bag to what he calls the “water distributor” and then selects the amount of water that he wants to come out so that he has just enough to moisten the spinach, but presumably not too much, or that would make it slimy and soggy.

When he pushes the button, we can see the water move into the bag, turning each bit of spinach it touches the signature bright, dark green color. It is oddly satisfying to watch the dark color spread through the formerly light, chalky green contents.

Once it is done, he squeezes the bag a couple times to make sure all of the spinach is well hydrated, and that’s it! All that’s left is for him to suck the spinach through the little spout in the bag.

Honestly, it doesn’t look half bad.

Source/Photo Credit: VideosFromSpace/YouTube

Tags: Astronauts, Space, Spinach, video
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