How long does it take for chocolate chip cookies to bake in space?

Luca Parmitano and Cristina Koch with the cookies! Credit: Cristina Koch, Twitter

Does it take longer to bake cookies in space in zero gravity or here on earth with normal gravity? Well, astronauts at the International Space Station wanted to experiment with cooking on board the ISS. The first thing they tried is chocolate chip cookies. On earth, these particular cookies bake in 16-18 min at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. These same cookies were sent to the ISS and the astronauts conducted an experiment where they baked different cookies for different amounts of time and temperatures to see how long they would take to bake under zero gravity conditions.

This is what they found: The cookies took between 120 and 130 min to bake in zero gravity, one at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and one at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

The cookies have come back to earth where they will be tested and then tasted.

Why did the cookies take so long to bake? The scientists are going to figure that out.

How will this experiment help? The scientists on the ISS basically eat food that has been freeze-dried. If they are able to cook on board, that will greatly improve their experience!

Written by: Sunaina Murthy

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