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Christmas in Space: ISS Crew Bakes Cookies for Santa, Wows Online Crowd

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International Space Station - Sputnik International
The "space cookies" were made not to provide the astronauts with some snacks for Xmas but rather as part of an experiment to determine whether baking would be possible in space environment.

As Christmas is apparently celebrated not just on the surface on our planet but by astronauts in orbit as well, it appears that the crew of the International Space Stations made something special this season – a batch of cookies.

"We made space cookies and milk for Santa this year", NASA astronaut Christina Koch tweeted, delivering this reveal to her online audience. "Happy holidays from the @Space_Station!"

​Some netizens appeared pleasantly surprised by this announcement.

A number of people simply sought to share the Christmas cheer with the astronauts.

​And there were also those who seemed really curious about the whole baking process.

​The cookies, however, won’t be used to supplement the astronauts diet as these goodies were apparently baked as part of an experiment aimed to determine whether such process could actually be carried out in a space environment.

According to The Verge, the space oven that was likely used in this experiment was made by a New York-based startup called Zero G Kitchen and space technology developer Nanoracks, while ingredients were provided by DoubleTree by Hilton.

And as for the "space cookies", they are expected to remain sealed and uneaten, until they can be shipped back to Earth for analysis.

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