Din­ing among the stars

> French as­tro­naut Thomas Pes­quet will be serv­ing some Miche­lin-starred cui­sine for mem­bers of the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

AFRENCH as­tro­naut has joined Rus­sian and Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts for the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS). And among the things he has brought along for the six-month mis­sion to the ISS are some Miche­lin-starred cui­sine to help cel­e­brate in gas­tro­nomic style while in Earth’s or­bit.

French space rookie Thomas Pes­quet, 38, lifted off from the Baikonur cos­mod­rome in Kaza­khstan on Fri­day with vet­eran Amer­i­can and Rus­sian col­leagues Peggy Whit­son and Oleg Novit­sky.

It is the for­mer air­line pi­lot’s first trip to space – and to mark the oc­ca­sion, he has brought along a se­lec­tion of dishes by top French chefs Alain Du­casse and Thierry Marx, in­clud­ing beef tongue with truf­fled foie gras and duck breast con­fit.

“We will have food pre­pared by a Miche­lin-starred chef at the sta­tion,” said the French­man, who has also brought a sax­o­phone up with him.

“We have food for the big feasts: for Christ­mas, New Year’s and birthdays. We’ll have two birthdays, mine and Peggy’s.”

Rus­sia is cur­rently the only coun­try car­ry­ing out launches to the ISS via its work­horse Soyuz rocket that uses the Baikonur cos­mod­rome.

Pes­quet, Novit­sky, and Whit­son docked at the ISS on

(right) The In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion where Pes­quet (inset) will be serv­ing such fine cui­sine as beef tongue with truf­fled foie gras and duck breast con­fit pre­pared by Miche­lin chefs (from far left) Marx; and Du­casse.

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