November 13th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Five Harvard students launched a burger and a camera into space with a balloon. It may be the most soothing and delightful thing you see all day.

Previously – Please enjoy gazing uponst this exceptionally large and record-breaking cheeseburger

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Mars (snack) attacks!
August 6th, 2012
05:15 PM ET
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Like your Oreos with a far-out twist? The hundred-year-old brand paid homage to today's Mars Curiosity rover landing with an installment of their Daily Twist campaign featuring a split-open cookie with red-dyed cream and tire tracks to mimic the impression left by the craft on the planet's surface.
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Leave space for dinner – dining with the Atlantis crew
July 14th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
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Talk about an out-of-this-world meal.

NASA is inviting everyone to join the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis for an "All-American Meal" Thursday afternoon.

"We thought it would be fun to have a typical summer meal often enjoyed in our backyards with friends and family," said Michele Perchonok, a NASA food scientist and manager of the shuttle food system.

While most of the food the astronauts will be eating will come in thermostabilized pouches, Earthbound picnickers can put together their own meals based on NASA recipes, which are posted on the space agency's website.

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Lunch for launch and snacking in space
July 8th, 2011
10:15 AM ET
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Atlantis' journey to the International Space Station will be NASA's 135th and final mission in the space shuttle program, which began 30 years ago. Tune in to CNN's live coverage of the launch Friday, starting at 10 a.m. ET on CNN, CNN.com/Live and the CNN mobile apps. As part of our coverage our teams are the ground are sharing what they are seeing and hearing during this historic day.

John Zarrella is CNN's Miami correspondent. He has been covering space shuttle launches since 1984. All that travel can make a man - terra firma or extraterrestrial - pretty hungry.

- Teen girls send edible invention into space
Mikayla and Shannon Diesch won a Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation competition that challenges students to come up with commercially viable solutions to real world problems - like snacking in zero gravity.
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Teen girls send edible invention into space
May 16th, 2011
12:45 AM ET
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John Zarrella is CNN's Miami correspondent. He has been covering space shuttle launches since 1984 and today, he'll be at the Kennedy Space Center as Commander Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, launches the Endeavour into space for the last time.

Science was not on the top of sixteen-year-old Mikayla Diesch’s list of careers. “I thought I was gonna be President about a year ago,” Mikayla told me as we stood about five miles from the Shuttle Endeavour sitting on the launch pad.

Quite a bit changed last year for Mikayla and her fourteen year old sister Shannon. They won a Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation competition that challenges students to come up with commercially viable solutions to real world problems. The girls’ award came in the nutrition category for developing a nutrition bar. It’s made of oats mainly and, “cranberries, apple pieces, cinnamon and a few nuts like almonds and cashews,” Mikayla says.

At first, Mikayla wasn’t too excited about the project. Sister Shannon talked her into it. “I was like, it sounds fun. It’s different,” Mikayla says, “But, I don’t know if I really want to do it. She’s like, ‘come on you can do it,’ and then we did it. Like, I decided ok I’m gonna do this and it was awesome.”
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3-2-1...Lunch! Fuel for watching the Space Shuttle
November 3rd, 2010
10:00 AM ET
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John Zarrella is CNN's Miami correspondent. He has been covering space shuttle launches since 1984. Thursday, the Discovery shuttle will make its last mission, sending a crew of six astronauts to the International Space Station.

It's going to be a mess. Just accept that now.

I'm talking about tomorrow's Space Shuttle launch. Be prepared for bumper to bumper traffic and packed hotels and restaurants. With only two, maybe three flights left, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend upon Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral and Titusville, Florida.

Here's some advice: take plenty of drinks, snacks and maybe sandwiches for the 3:30pm liftoff. You'll need to stake out your viewing spot hours ahead of time and plan on waiting several hours afterward to get out, or you will just sit in traffic.

But, if you're going to be hanging around the area for a few days, there's no reason to relegate yourself to bologna sandwiches. Whenever my team is at the Cape, we have a restaurant ritual and a few favorite haunts. If you promise not to take our table or at least let us join you, we'll share.
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November 1st, 2010
10:15 AM ET
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John Zarrella is CNN's Miami correspondent. He has been covering space shuttle launches since 1984. This Wednesday, the Discovery shuttle will make its last mission, sending a crew of six astronauts to the International Space Station.

Shrimp cocktail, beef tips with mushrooms, mac and cheese, chocolate pudding cake and apple cider.

That's what shuttle Discovery Commander Steve Lindsey chose for his dinner meal on his second day in space.  Not bad. The astronauts eat pretty well up there.  They've got sausage links and eggs, chicken and mashed potatoes, apples and candy bars.

But there's a catch.  It's not as gourmet as you might think.  The apples and candy bars are natural but a lot of the food is freeze dried.

I was just at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and spent a little time at the Space Food Systems Laboratory. It was the first time I'd been there. Guys wearing gloves, hair nets and white suits were busy packaging containers of freeze dried strawberries.   The room, which we couldn't go inside, is nearly spotless.  The precautions are needed so nothing is contaminated.
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