What is the kitchen on the ISS (International Space Station) like?

The International Space Station (ISS) does not really have a “kitchen” as many of us here on Earth might relate too. But, there is an area called the “galley” which serves the purpose of allowing for food preparation and consumption. I believe the term “galley” comes from the military, and it was used specifically in the space shuttle program. I guess it carried over to the ISS.

The Russian segment had the ONLY galley when I flew in 2007. There was a table for three, and the galley consisted of a water system —allowing us to hydrate our food packages (as needed) with warm (tepid) or hot (extremely) water— and a food warmer. The food warmer designed by the Russians was strictly used for their cans of food (about the size of a can of cat food in America). The U.S. developed a second food warmer (shaped like a briefcase) that we could use to heat the more “flexibly packaged” foodstuffs (packets) sent from America.

Later in the ISS lifetime, a second galley area was provided in the U.S. segment. It is positioned in Node 1 (Unity) and a table is also available there for the astronauts dining pleasures. Apparently, it was added because of the increasing crew size experienced these days (6), to have more options. During my brief visit to ISS in 2010 (12 days or so) as a Discovery crewmember, I found the mealtimes to be much more segregated than when I spent five months on board. The Russians ate in the Russian segment. The shuttle astronauts ate in the shuttle. The US ISS astronauts ate in Node 1, but often at totally different times. While we did have a combined dinner in Node 1 during STS-131 (with the Expedition 23 crew), this is one of the perceived negatives of the “multiple-galley” scenario. My long duration stint on ISS was highlighted by the fact that Fyodor Yurchikin, Oleg Kotov, and I had every single meal together. The fellowship we —or at least I— experienced during those meals is something I will never, ever forget. We laughed, we argued, we celebrated, we mourned…, all around our zero-gravity “dinner table.” Awesome stuff!

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Did you imagine flying tables when you read the title of this article? :) The answer was given by Clayton "Astro Clay" Anderson who is actually a prominent ISS astronaut!

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Vladimir Orozco
Galley is the term used for the storage and preparation of food in the airplanes.
Sep 13, 2019 5:18PM
Andrew Carden
Galley comes from boats. It’s the nautical term for kitchen.
Sep 7, 2019 4:17PM
Cheryl McMeekin
Had no idea
Jul 3, 2019 3:31PM
Carol Bruyere
eye opening
Jul 1, 2019 3:09PM
Rower Paang
Omg, thank you so so much to share that!! Salute!!
Jul 1, 2019 10:38AM
I enjoyed that very much. Thanks!!
Jul 1, 2019 1:54AM
Interesting. Thank you.
Jul 1, 2019 1:30AM
Denny Quigley
The term galley refers to the area in all ships where food is prepared. Technically NASA is part of the Navy hence galley.
Jun 30, 2019 9:08AM
Lynne Cage
Interesting thnx
Jun 30, 2019 8:21AM
you could say is out of this world!
Jun 30, 2019 7:32AM
The kitchens specialty is lite food.
Jun 30, 2019 7:31AM
jack patti go
Very informative! Thamks for giving usca peek!
Jun 29, 2019 10:43PM
Darlene Davidson
Haute cuisine.
Jun 29, 2019 7:34PM
Galley is a term long used in the marine environment as an area used for food prep and consumption. It is not a new word.
Jun 29, 2019 5:56PM
Raymond Cardona
Interesting info BTW ships also have a galley and in Canada the small flats have what I known as a "galley kitchen"!!! Bonnie
Jun 29, 2019 5:54PM

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