Thailand to Send Smelly Durian into Space 泰國將送臭榴槤上太空
Thailand’s space research agency has announced plans to send durian to space by July, as part of a project to produce Thai food suitable for future space travel.
According to Thai media reports, the agency plans to launch the durian from Earth with the help of a U.S. rocket company. The durian will stay in space for five minutes before coming back to Earth, where scientists will see if it has undergone any textural changes.
Durian is well-loved in Thailand but is also found in Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Its pungent smell is often compared to that of rotting trash so that it is banned from hotels, transportation systems and other enclosed spaces across Asia.
The durian isn’t the first regional delicacy to be sent into space. In 2008, a South Korean astronaut was sent into space along with kimchi, a fermented homemade cabbage dish that is widely seen as the national dish.