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Make Your Own Astronaut Ice Cream

Why limit your enjoyment of astronaut ice cream to museum gift shops? This how-to guide will help you craft some in your work shop.

Even if you have no intention of making you own, the above video is a detailed look at exactly how one goes about turning ice cream into freeze-dried ice cream. It’s a fascinating process that involves vacuum pumping, some dry ice, and more than a bit of willingness to go above and beyond your average culinary hack in the pursuit of a delicious treat.

[via Craft]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/8/12

Comments (2)

  1. Phil

    As I have to mention every single time “astronaut ice cream” is mentioned it’s a myth – it’s a tourist attraction gimmic. The only time it flew in space was because one astronaut wanted to say that he was the only one to actually take it into space and that wasn’t until 2008!

    Real ice cream has been flown on many occasions, in particular when a freezer is needed to take medical samples back to Earth from the Mir space station or International Space Station but doesn’t need to be used during the launch. On the STS-74 mission the shuttle crew gave the Mir crew a present of a bunch of miniature frozen Dove bars. (minus the ones they used for quality control of course).

    On occasion astronauts have made Jell-O and frozen treats in space. One shuttle mission tested a mechanical fridge which was hooked up to a vacuum hose (there’s plenty of vacuum on the outside of the shuttle!) and the result was a bonus desert for the crew. One cosmonaut asked for permission to use excess space in one of the freezers overnight and put in a couple of applesauce packages. He gave his American crewmates a nice treat the next morning.

  2. Carrie

    Omg, Phil, no one cares.

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