March 1st, 2012
04:40 PM ET

CNN samples new NASA space food: 'Yuck'

By Chad Myers, CNN

Editor's note: CNN's Chad Myers walked us through a little NASA space food taste test on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin. But as you'll see below, for Chad, it didn't quite go as expected. The space agency has enlisted a team of tasters to choose food astronauts would eat during possible missions to Mars. Although Myers is NOT tasting in an official capacity, he nonetheless sacrificed his taste buds for the good of mankind.

When I was told we were having a space food tasting today, my first thought was, "Awesome! I get to use my best Bill Murray "Caddyshack" voice and say ‘It’s not so bad.'"  

Well, as you'll see in the video, after the first taste it was clear that being an astronaut may be cool, but it’s not suitable for a foodie. 

“It’s not so bad” would not come out and, in fact, nothing would come out. 

It wasn’t a gag reflex but simply a mouth full of baby powdered chicken.  

Did you ever sneak a spoonful of unsweetened baking powder chocolate when you were a kid and your mom wasn’t looking?  Yuck. 

I quickly grabbed the “lemonade” to give my voice some moisture but it was “space lemonade." Really - trust me no lemons were harmed in the making of that lemonade.

After about five seconds I grabbed my composure and went for the scrambled eggs.

They looked like yellow Dippin’ Dots really.  Dippin’ dots are considered space food right?  My 7 year old loves dippin’ dots - nope - egg-flavored pop rocks. [COUGH!]  

Now I’m thinking, “Wow that pork looks really so juicy.” And I dig in.  Wait, this must be the chicken.

”It’s not so bad”

Another swig of space lemonade - and suddenly I hear a CNN producer's voice through my earpiece say, “30 seconds left."

Alright we are almost home. 

I can talk for 30 seconds and not have to try the “curry sauce with vegetables."

Never before has the TV term “wrap” - telling me to finish up - sounded so good in my ear.

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