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Monday, March 3, 2008

Space Kimchi Poses Explosion Risk

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 10:18 AM

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We know Koreans love their kimchi. Just how much they love it, however, is illustrated by this Korea Times article about struggle to get the spicy, fermented cabbage staple into orbit this April along with South Korea's first astronaut, computer science engineer Ko San. The dangers of space kimchi are no joke:

"The Russian space agency worried that the kimchi would ferment in space, causing the sealed bag to explode,' Lee [Ju-woon, a researcher] said. 'It can be dangerous if a bag of kimchi explodes in space, because no one knows whether the anaerobic bacteria in the kimchi is safe there or not.'"

(via The Grinder)

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