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