International Space Station photo

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi has successfully lifted off from Baikonur Space Center on the steppes of Kazakhstan, bringing with him the first sushi in space.

“We had a training in Japan and I was stupid enough to train [my fellow astronauts] to be sushi lovers,” he told Reuters.

Noguchi is bringing the raw materials to the International Space Station, where he plans to prepare and serve “a couple of flavors of sushi.” What varieties, how it will be prepared, and how the raw fish is stored for its sojourn in space has not been made public. Personally, I’m going to keep an eye on NASA mission member Timothy Creamer’s Twitter stream for menu updates and reviews.

Never let your crewmates know you can cook.