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.

Explore further: The latest observations of interstellar particles

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Russia sets space crew's return after crash

Sep 12, 2011

Russia said Monday it would return three of the six international crew members on board the International Space Station to Earth later this week despite no immediate plans to send up their replacement.

Russian rocket docks with space station

Dec 17, 2010

A Russian Soyuz space rocket carrying three astronauts on Friday docked with the International Space Station (ISS), Russia's mission control said.

NASA fears leaving space station unmanned (Update)

Aug 30, 2011

The possible first-ever evacuation of the International Space Station, if a Russian spacecraft is not launched in November, would risk the loss of the orbiting lab, a NASA official has warned.

Russia sets first post-crash manned flight for November

Sep 13, 2011

Russia on Tuesday set its next manned space flight to the International Space Station for November and said it will not let the orbiter be abandoned despite a recent accident involving its workhorse Soyuz ...

Russia delays next manned space flight

Aug 29, 2011

Russia on Monday delayed its next manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by at least a month after an unmanned cargo vessel crashed into Siberia instead of reaching orbit.

Recommended for you

The latest observations of interstellar particles

2 hours ago

With all the news about Voyager 1 leaving the heliosphere and entering interstellar space you might think that the probe is the first spacecraft to detect interstellar particles. That isn't entirely true, ...

Hepatitis C virus proteins in space

2 hours ago

Two researchers at Technische Universität München have won the 'International Space Station Research Competition' with their project 'Egypt Against Hepatitis C Virus.' As their prize, the scientists will ...

Very Long Baseline Array takes radio image of Voyager 1

3 hours ago

The image above is a radio image of Voyager 1. It was taken from the Very Long Baseline Array, which is a collection of 10 radio telescopes scattered from Hawaii to the Virgin Islands. It captures the faint ...

Lunar explorers will walk at higher speeds than thought

17 hours ago

Anyone who has seen the movies of Neil Armstrong's first bounding steps on the moon couldn't fail to be intrigued by his unusual walking style. But, contrary to popular belief, the astronaut's peculiar walk ...

User comments : 6

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

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.