(VELINO) Roma, 12 Sep - Italian cuisine is making its way intospace, thanks to Argotec, a company in which a team of youngengineers has worked with Italian chefs and astronauts. TheSpace Food Lab project was carried out in collaboration withthe European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency(ASI). The company's engineers and chefs are specialists in'bonus food', served on special occasions, put together foreach European astronaut to serve on the International SpaceStation (ISS) during long-drawn-out missions. The project wasinitially driven by the idea of taking a piece of Italy ontothe ISS, Argotec Managing Director David Avino told Pei News.It is celebration food, which should help astronauts feel moreat home as they share it with their international colleagues,and Argotec has been involved with each stage, from planning toproduction. Several recipes had been followed with ESAastronaut Luca Parmitano and a new project had been launchedwith Samantha Cristoforetti. Italian masterchefs had beenconsulted and had demonstrated how to produce delicioushigh-quality food, that not only tastes good but is alsonutritious said Parmitano, an Italian Airforce pilot who wentinto space with the first lengthy ASI mission and is now anambassador for Italy's six-month presidency of the EuropeanUnion. The opportunity to share the food among colleagues wasconvivial and had been much appreciated. The products had beenmeant to last six months, but had almost all been finished in asingle day and then talked about for the remainder of themission. vel.