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Firm invents crumb-free bread astronauts can eat in space

Firm invents crumb-free bread astronauts can eat in space

A firm has invented crumb-free bread that can be eaten safely in space.

International Space Station (ISS) visitors could be treated to freshly baked bread after a project called 'Bake In Space' - to create a new oven and type of dough mixture that could be taken into these conditions - went in development.

Sebastian Marcu, from 'Bake In Space', told New Scientist: "As space tourism takes off and people spend more time in space we need to allow bread to be made from scratch."

The break-through comes after two astronauts - John Young and Gus Grissom - smuggled a contraband corn beef sandwich into their spaceship back in 1965 during the Gemini 3 mission.

The men caused chaos when the potentially dangerous crumbs flew around the space station and risked getting stuck in the equipment buttons and electrical panels.

Ever since, it's not been possible to eat bread in space - until now.

The bread must not crumble nor be tough or chewy.

'Bake In Space' listed as one of the experiments for Alexander Gerst's upcoming mission in 2018.