IKEDA, OSAKA, Japan, July 27 (UPI) -- The Japanese astronaut flying aboard the U.S. space shuttle Discovery will eat "space noodles," a new product developed in Japan.
The noodles, called "Space Ram," were developed by Nissin Food Products Co. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Momofuku Ando, the founding chairman of Nissin who came up with the idea for the space noodles, presented the snack at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, the Mainichi Shimbun reported Wednesday.
Soichi Noguchi, 40, the sixth Japanese astronaut to go into space, will try to eat a meal of the noodles during the Discovery flight.
With Earth-bound noodles, the soup and noodles float away in zero gravity. For space flights, a block of noodles is put in a clear pack with dried flavoring. It is mixed with water at a temperature of 158 degrees Fahrenheit. They are ready to eat in five minutes.