On Saturday, a Northrop Grumman resupply spacecraft lifted off to the International Space Station (ISS) with nearly over 3,000 kilograms of scientific investigations and cargo, including a zero-gravity kitchen for the crew at the orbiting outpost to bake cookies in!
The oven is part of an experiment by NASA to determine the impacts of high heat and microgravity have on the shape and consistency of baking freshly-prepared food in space as well as test the "psychological and physiological benefits of eating flavorful cooked meals".
A cargo craft containing the specially-designed "space oven" and baking ingredients took off from the USA state of Virginia on Saturday.
The Zero-G Oven works much like the electric toaster in many people's homes.
ISS astronauts will test the safety vest to gauge its comfort, while Italian carmaker Lamborghini has sent up samples of carbon fibre used in its sports cars to examine the effects of direct space exposure. Once they're cool, photos of the cookies are taken and will be returned to scientists on the ground for further study.
The launch coincided with the 19th anniversary of the arrival of the first crew to live aboard the International Space Station, Nasa said on its website. "This investigation improves understanding of the process of cooking in space".
On board a spacecraft headed to the International Space Station is an oven along with cookie dough that will allow the astronauts living there to bake fresh cookies - or bake anything - for the first time. "Now serving warm welcomes in space", the tweet read.