PARIS: It’s your 150th day in space, and life is starting to resemble the movie “Groundhog Day” - a repetitive daily routine interspersed with tugs of longing for life back on Earth. Then, all of a sudden, things start to look up.  Mission Control has declared that today will be a “special day,” and you can look forward to a lip-smacking, finger-lickin’-good gourmet meal at the end of it.

This is where France’s space chefs come in. In an initiative backed by top-of-the-line cuisinier Alain Ducasse, a team of cooks design and make “Special Event Meals” - SEMs - to enliven the nutritious but often dull freeze-dried diet of life in space.–AFP