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The Maison Pierre Hermé Paris, with the help of the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA (National Aeronautics), is sending the first macarons into space, bound for astronauts at the International Space Station.

 

- To infinity and beyond –

On Saturday 18 February, the Falcon 9 rocket developed by SpaceX (company founded by Elon Musk) carrying the precious cargo left the 39-A NASA launch pad in Cape Canaveral (Florida). Ultimate joy… that’s the same spot where the Saturn V rocket was launched with Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 team aboard, before they set foot on the moon for the very first time on 20th July 1969.

 

- COP 21 in mind –

One small step for gourmandise and a tribute to generations of scientists devoted to space discovery from all over the world, the “Macaron dans les étoiles” (Macaron in the stars) is an allusion to our fragile ecosystem that the astronauts observe from space. Just like the macaron, Earth represents only a few grams on the scale of the universe…

Initiated in 2014 with the teams of the CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), the “Macaron dans les étoiles” program was presented to the French President during the COP21. A macaron inspired by simple ingredients as a tribute by Pierre Hermé to the natural resources provided by our planet.

For over a year, the Maison Pierre Hermé Paris and CNES teams have been working together to overcome one by one the technical restrictions inherent to sending a food product into space: from the size of the macaron, the oven temperature to the garnish used and to the taste…

A great challenge and intense exercise to succeed in sending “a few grams of sweetness” to the astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS), and to modestly symbolise the importance of our choices and their consequences on our planet for future generations.

 

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