Little Soya will be the first gluten-free soy sauce launched into space when the European Space Agency’s Ariane 5 ES rocket launches on July 29 at 7:44 p.m. (EDT) from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.
The ATV-5 (automated transfer vehicle) is a cargo-carrying spacecraft designed to deliver supplies and equipment to the orbiting International Space Station (ISS). The rocket will deliver supplies to the six astronauts and cosmonauts currently living aboard the ISS.
As senses such as taste and smell are said to diminish in space, the astronauts can expect a large supply of flavor-enhancing condiments, such as the award-winning Little Soya—a gluten-free, low-sodium, non-GMO and no MSG added premium soy sauce.
Ideal for zero gravity conditions, Little Soya will send its award-winning single-serve re-sealable fish-shaped soy sauce packets into space.
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For years, astronauts have had to deal with traditional product packaging that can potentially lead to messy situations in a zero gravity environment. That is until two years ago, when Gary Murphy, founder and CEO of Houston, Texas-based Little Soya, received a phone call from Vickie Kloeris. As the manager of the NASA Space Food Systems Laboratory, Kloeris told Murphy that one of their astronauts had recently come down from the space station and complained that when he opened a soy sauce packet in space, it would spew everywhere. Kloeris was tasked with finding a solution to the soy sauce problem on the ISS.
When Kloeris received a call from the wife of an astronaut who had discovered Little Soya at her local H-E-B grocery store, she contacted Murphy, requested samples and said it would take about six months of testing. Two years later, Little Soya was approved for launch.
“Out of the many calls I receive in one day, I can tell you this was clearly the most exciting call to receive. This not only elevates the recognition of Little Soya, but also gives my entire team a pat on the back that we are truly doing a great job,” Murphy said. “We’ve spent the past six years honing the recipe to create the best tasting soy sauce on earth—and now in space.”
Little Soya, brewed using traditional methods, has become a top chef-requested “Gluten Free, Less Sodium and Non-GMO” premium soy sauce in the U.S.
Little Soya was founded in 2008 when Murphy was asked to find the “best soy sauce in the world” for a buffet at Caesars Palace. He found what he was looking for in a very old region of China, where the original recipe had been handed down for generations. Little Soya has been refined over the past six years and is the company’s exclusive formula. Little Soya is made with a hybrid of traditional brewing processes and modern machine production methods. It can be found in top restaurants from coast to coast and at more than 1,200 retailers across the U.S. For more information, visit LittleSoya.com.