More Korean Food Primed for Space Travel

      February 03, 2010 09:10

      More Korean dishes have been adapted to suit the weightless environment of outer space.

      The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Tuesday said a team led by Dr. Lee Joo-woon at the Jeongeup Radiation Science Institute of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute has won certification for ready-to-eat seaweed soup, bulgogi (sliced and seasoned barbecued beef), bibimbap (rice with mixed vegetables), and mulberry juice for consumption in space ships.

      Clockwise from top left, bulgogi, bibimbap, mulberry juice, and ready-to-eat seaweed soup /Yonhap

      The four products have been sterilized by radiation. They won certification from the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences under the State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation in January. As a result, Korea now has a total of 14 space food products.

      During the latest certification process, it turned out that seaweed soup, a favorite dish among Koreans, is helpful in strengthening astronauts' immune system. Astronauts' immune system normally weakens as they are exposed to radiation in outer space. But seaweed soup contains fucoidan, a substance that strengthens the immune system.

      Lee said, "We confirmed that the axiom 'good food is good medicine' holds true in outer space."

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