By Sarah Mascarenhas and Emily WhiteheadPosted November 10, 2018 07:08:37A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a couple of astronauts on a space station had the great idea of taking a macaronis and cheese to space.
The astronauts, who had never been to space before, got some macaronias and then set out to test them out in a lab environment.
The first thing they did was cut open one of the macarons and see if it was going to make any kind of noise.
“There was a huge boom,” says Dr Anne O’Sullivan, a macrologist at the University of New South Wales.
“We were like, ‘Oh my God, it’s got a big bell on it!'”
So, they made another one, which they then cooked.
“It started making a cracking noise, but then it went quiet,” Dr O’Sullys says.
“They didn’t really think it was there.”
So they went to the other one and took a closer look.
It was empty.
Dr O’ Sullivan says the astronauts were puzzled, but didn’t panic.
“When we went to get the bell out, the bell came out of the bottom of the lid.
So it was quite normal,” she says.
Macarons were a common ingredient on space missions.
The Apollo 11 moonwalk was the first time astronauts were allowed to eat in space, and Dr O’tSullivan and her colleagues had a field day eating macarino ice cream from the ice cream maker, which was also the first to serve a macaron in space.
Dr Anne O’sullivan with the first batch of macarones.
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