UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) —Thailand’s space research agency wants to send the world’s smelliest fruit into outer space by July.
The durian is notorious for its pungent odor, often compared to that of rotting trash or gym socks.
It’s frequently banned from public transport and public spaces like hotels and planes.
The research agency plans to launch baked durian into space by a U.S. rocket for only five minutes.
Once back on Earth, scientists will examine the fruit for textural changes.
A spokesperson for the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency told the BBC, “Our main goal is to eventually bring Thai food up to space to be consumed by astronauts.”
If the test-run is successful, the agency plans to send other Thai food like pad thai or mango sticky rice into space for more tests.