Food for the soul
Bake in Space is about more than the taste of the bread, but also how psychologically-filling the rolls can be.
“Besides [being] a source for nutrition, the smell of fresh bread evokes memories of general happiness and is an important psychological factor,” the project website states. “It is a symbol of recreational time and procedure down on Earth.”
Similar dual-purpose goals were associated with Veggie, a plant chamber used to grow fresh produce on the station, and the Italian ISSPresso microgravity coffee maker tested on the orbiting laboratory in 2015.
Bake in Space, based in Bremen, Germany, is scheduled to launch to the space station during “Horizons,” Alexander Gerst’s second science mission on the complex as an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut.