Does Food Taste the Same in Space?

No, at least not at first, says astronaut Chris Hadfield.

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Borscht soup in a tube, for consumption in space, on display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington (Wikimedia Commons)

During a call-in show on the International Space Station, astronaut Chris Hadfield was asked whether food tastes the same in space. "At first, no, and it's not because of the food," he replies. Rather, the culprit is gravity -- or, more accurately, its absence. Without gravity to pull fluids down, astronauts' sinuses get clogged up and they can't really taste much of anything.

"Your head sort of inflates like someone is squeezing the bottom of a balloon," Hadfield explains in the video below.

Gravity, I'm sorry if I ever took you for granted.

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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