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Astronauts make, toss, eat pizzas on space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first-ever pizza party in space got sky-high reviews.

Astronauts at the International Space Station posted pictures and a video over the weekend of their small, made-from-scratch pizza pies.

The fixings flew up last month on a commercial supply ship, and the crew wasted little time pulling out the flatbread, tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, olives, olive oil, anchovy paste, and pesto.

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After making their own individual-size pizzas, the six astronauts tossed and twirled them like floating Frisbees, before heating and devouring them.

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Commander Randy Bresnik called the pizzas ‘‘flying saucers of the edible kind.’’ The crew, he said in a tweet, ‘‘had a blast channeling our inner chef by building tasty pizzas for movie night.’’

NASA’s space station manager, Kirk Shireman, took pity on Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s pizza craving and, in mid-November, shipped up all the ingredients on an Orbital ATK capsule.

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