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Dangerous Wasabi Tube Sequestered on ISS
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Dangerous Wasabi Tube Sequestered on ISS



If you see a shadow crossing the full moon tonight, it's probably the eclipse. But it might just be a stray glob of wasabi. Astronauts on the International Space Station were wiping wasabi off the walls recently after a mealtime mishap. Flight engineer Sunita Williams was trying to cobble together some space sushi from packaged salmon and a tube of wasabi. But the spicy green horseradish squirted everywhere. Space station crewmembers get bonus packs of their favorite foods, treats and goodies to ease the long months of eating standard military-issue meals.

Besides the wasabi, astronaut Williams, who's of Indian descent, also chose mattar paneer, a dish of curried cheese and peas. Her crewmate, Michael Lopez Alegria, who was born in Madrid, has chorizo sausages and a little Spanish cake known as magdalenas.

As for the wasabi, it's been stowed away in a cargo container, where it will stay for the rest of the mission. The astronauts say it's sadly just too dangerous to use again.

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