Dutch astronaut's cheesy request

Nov 26, 2011

Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers will have a special treat waiting for him in orbit when he arrives in space next month: five kilogrammes of Amsterdam's finest cheese, its maker said Saturday.

The 53-year-old Kuipers is due to blast off on board a on December 21 with two other astronauts for a five-month-mission on board the .

"Andre is a big fan of our cheese and asked us in a letter to arrange with space authorities to see if we could send up some of his favourite Old Amsterdam," the cheesemaker's spokeswoman Henriette Westland told AFP.

"After numerous emails to NASA and the , they agreed to send up around 10 kilogrammes (22 pounds)," she added.

She said the Dutch traditional snack had to be specially cut and wrapped before being shipped to Houston and then to Kazakhstan, where five kilogrammes were blasted off on board a cargo rocket to the ISS at the end of October.

Another five kilogrammes are expected to go up on another freight rocket from the launching site by the end of January, Westland added.

Old Amsterdam cheese is one of the Westland company's best-known export brands and sold in some 70 countries.

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Isaacsname
not rated yet Nov 26, 2011
Hmmm...I like the " cheese " from Amsterdam too ;)
Skepticus
not rated yet Nov 26, 2011
This is not too bad. Wait until someone request fish sauce...and the stuff got loose in the ISS! :-)
Blakut
not rated yet Nov 27, 2011
Wow... imagine the cost of this space cheese!
pjvc
not rated yet Nov 27, 2011
Just get it from the moon!
vlaaing peerd
not rated yet Nov 28, 2011
historically Amsterdam doesn't have it's own cheese. Cheeses origin from the farmland area's, not the cities.

But heye...let's sell Dutch cheese abroad, nobody ever heard of Gouda (let alone pronounce it)...so let's call it Amsterdam :S

Dutch marketeers...they'd sell their mum for a marketshare

antialias_physorg
not rated yet Nov 28, 2011
10 kilograms? Holy cow. That'll last him for quite a while.

But I can understand him. The Old Amsterdam cheese is tasty.

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