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Astronaut Masterminds A Way To Eat A Cheeseburger In Space

03/05/2015 07:37 am ET | Updated Mar 05, 2015

In 1969, Neil Armstrong traveled out of this world, planted an American flag on the moon and declared the exploit one giant leap for mankind. Indeed, Armstrong was correct; mankind has since soared. In 2015, we welcome the #SpaceCheeseburger.

On February 19, NASA astronaut Terry Virts, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, tweeted (you can tweet from space, hallelujah) a photo of his space-crafted cheeseburger. The burger is not, in any way, visually appealing, but when it comes to burgers -- especially those eaten outside of planet earth -- taste trumps appearance.

space cheeseburger

This ugly duckling is outfitted with beef patties, Russian mustard, tomato paste, cheese paste and a tortilla. The astronaut reported the #SpaceCheeseburger to be "VERY TASTY!" and even shared a photo of himself enjoying it.

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Other sources are not as complimentary about Virts' burger. "We’re not the burger police or anything, but a tortilla filled with a strange meat-like product covered in cheese paste and red goop is not a cheeseburger -- but it sure is scary," Erin Mosbaugh writes on FirstWeFeast. Mashable's Brian Koerber questions Virts' mental health and NASA's priorities. "Seriously, NASA? You can get a man to the moon but you can't bring them bread?," he writes.

Tortillas are, in fact, all the rage in outer space; they're a resourceful sandwich alternative. The tortilla's extended shelf-life and its consistency (fewer crumbs than sliced bread!) make it the perfect package in a place without gravity.

If there's anything to learn from Virts' valiant achievement, it is to dream big -- to reach for the stars, the moon, beyond the Milky Way.

cheeseburger drawing

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