What do you feed a hungry cosmonaut?

The Soviet news agency Tass suggests the fare aboard the Mir space station is so out of this world that it would bring water to the mouths of earthbound gourmets."Some dishes are so exquisite that lovers of gourmet food on Earth would be glad to have them," the news agency said Thursday. "These include chicken paste with plums, sturgeon with jellied sauce, processed fruit and all kinds of juices."

For the anniversary of the Soviet army and navy Thursday, cosmonauts Alexander Volkov, Sergei Krikalev and Valery Polyakov dined on pickled cucumbers, lemons, fresh fruit and Russian bee honey, Tass said.

Tass said such delicacies are part of a space diet that includes meat, fish and dairy products.