Pizza has been a fundamental dietary necessity for the humans of Earth ever since Raffaele Esposito invented the modern-slice for King Umberto and Queen Margherita back in 1889. Well, astronauts aboard the International Space Agency (ISS) have now introduced this Italian treasure to the inter-planetary community – by throwing the first-ever pizza party in space.
The "Expedition 53" crew were sent up with ingredients on a commercial supply ship in October and were tasked with building a "tasty pizza for movie night," their YouTube video states.
Naturally, the crew wasted no time pulling out the flatbread, tomato sauce, smoked gouda spreadable cheese and a selection of toppings including olives, anchovies and pepperoni. Because of zero gravity, velcro was used to fasten the ingredients to a table and scissors were used to cut the pizzas into slices.
Flying Saucers of the edible kind. Pizza Pie created from scratch, the IPDS (Intergalactic Pizza Devouring Squad) says 12 thumbs up! pic.twitter.com/rPPEOEljsF— Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) December 2, 2017
After making their own individual-size pizzas, the six astronauts tossed and twirled them around like floating frisbees. Commander Randy Bresnik referred to the pizzas as "flying saucers of the edible kind" and the team tasked with making them as the "Intergalactic Pizza Devouring Squad."
Nasa's space station manager Kirk Shireman claims he took the decision to send pizza into space after seeing Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli express a craving for his favorite food on Twitter.
In the post from August, Nespoli, in orbit since July, feared he may be hallucinating, explaining how he had started seeing pizza in the cloud shapes below.
"When you really, really miss pizza... you CASUALLY mention it to the International Space Station Boss during a live public event," he wrote online after receiving his pizza-laced car package. "Thank you, Kirk for surprising us with unexpectedly delicious pizzas."