Astronaut takes smoked salmon into outer space

As Canada celebrates the launch of its first astronaut in six years, it’s what’s in his space luggage that’s making headlines.

It’s just one of those questions which need answering – what do astronauts bring with them into space? Photos of their families, books, perhaps even a bit of chocolate?

When asked, astronaut David St-Jacques said that he couldn’t live without his favourite brand of smoked salmon. Apparently he shoved a load in his bag (and in his colleagues too) before take-off from Kazakhstan, according to the Journal De Montreal.

St-Jacques who left the Earth on Monday for a six month stint on board the International Space Station, took off with salmon from the Québec-based Monsieur Émile Smokehouse.

Cathy Poirier, co-owner of the Monsieur Émile smokehouse with Alain Méthot, told the publication that that the astronaut has been a fan of their Monsieur Émile fish for many years. “When he was working in Puvirnituq, in Nord-du-Québec, he met a nurse from Percé who had introduced him to our salmon. Since then, he often asks for more! She even gave it to him when he trained in Houston, ” she said.

“I also know that the whole gang ate salmon the day before takeoff. It’s a little fun, but it’s a great pride and prestige!” added Poirier.


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