Saturday, April 7, 2007

Martha Stewart's Gracious Living Goes Into Orbit

Billionaire Charles Simonyi had his gal pal Martha Stewart specially design his gourmet space meals for him. I mean really - billionaires like Simonyi cannot be expected to drink Tang while on their space vacation - can they?

Martha designed this elegant repast:
The menu includes quail roasted in Madiran wine, duck breast confit with capers, shredded chicken parmentier, apple fondant pieces, rice pudding with candied fruit, and semolina cake with dried apricots. It was all to be prepared by celebrity chef Alain Ducasse's consulting and training center, ADF, according to Space Adventures.

This blogger wonders if Simonyi's napkin will stay on his lap due to the marvels of velcro. Pity he had to leave the wait-staff behind.

The article says:
Martha Stewart ranks third on's list of "The 20 Richest Women in Entertainment," with assets of $638 million. In March 2005, she completed a five-month prison term for lying to federal investigators about a stock sale.

Charles Simonyi is a software engineer and developer of Microsoft Word who paid between $20 million and $25 million for a 13-day trip to the space station. He is one of the 400 richest Americans according to Forbes Magazine, and he is to lift off Saturday aboard a Soyuz space capsule with two Russian cosmonauts.

Born in Hungary, Simonyi began programming on a bulky Soviet computer called Ural-2 as a teenager. He went to Denmark to work as a programmer and moved to the United States in 1968, where he worked at Microsoft Corp. developing Microsoft Word and Excel and eventually founded his own software company.

While at the space station, Simonyi will be conducting experiments that include measuring radiation levels and studying biological organisms. He will also be writing a blog that he hopes will inspire others, especially children, to get interested in space exploration.
So tell us Martha...does the fork float on the right or the left?