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Hey Martha, got a recipe for Tang smoothies?

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 26, 2007 11:02 AM

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It's always a bad hair day in space: Astronaut Sunita L. Williams, a Needham native, looks over a procedures checklist in the Quest Airlock of the International Space Station.
(NASA photo)

NEEDHAM

Astronaut Sunita Williams, who is living aboard the International Space Station, will play hostess in April to billionaire software engineer Charles Simonyi and last month asked asked none other than domestic diva Martha Stewart to think up some recipe ideas using space food ingredients and tips on keeping the space station spic and span.

Williams was interviewed in January on Stewart’s television show. The Needham High graduate wrote in her mission log that Stewart is good friends with Simonyi.

“Martha will be in Baikonur [the site of the Russian Cosmodrome] to see the launch. Hopefully she stuffed his bags with good food for us!!!” wrote Williams.

The Hungarian-born space tourist will launch April 7 aboard the ISS Soyuz 14 for a 10-day mission to the orbiting laboratory. Simonyi will return to Earth with Williams’s current crewmates, Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin. In their place, two Russian cosmonauts will become Williams’s roommates.

– Lauren K. Meade

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