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Hi Damian and family!
Thanks for your interest in space food! Short answer is YES, you can heat up food in space. Here’s how:
In the International Space Station, NASA astronauts use a special small warming oven to heat up their food. It looks like a metal briefcase! You can see it in action in this video (fast forward to 6:27mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8-UKqGZ_hs
The company Zero G Kitchen invented a new space oven so that astronauts could COOK AND BAKE in space. It’s already on the International Space Station, and ready to use if you have any ideas (hint, hint)! Astronauts aren’t using this as part of their regular routine (yet) since it’s still in testing mode. It’s no surprise that the first thing they tested was…(drum roll please)…COOKIES! You can learn about this new invention here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbeKkOBabZY&t=25s
What would you want to cook in space?