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    Posted on Jul 27, 2016

    These Mind Bending Space Photos Are Actually Made From Food

    Interstellar space travel never looked so tasty.

    Photographer Navid Baraty captures breathtaking cosmic pictures that are totally out of this world — made entirely out of FOOD!

    Navid spoke to BuzzFeed about how this cosmic culinary art project began for him:

    "I've had a fascination with space ever since I was a kid camping in the backyard and looking at the stars through my telescope. When I see images of the cosmos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other spacecraft, I’m often left without words."

    — Planet: bottom of a glass containing orange juice, wasabi, tomato sauce, half & half

    — Moon: pancake

    — Nebula: water, coffee, food coloring, half & half

    "I thought it would be fun to frame the project around the idea of an imaginary spacecraft, Wander, roaming around the universe taking photos of its encounters."

    — Planet and moon: pancakes

    — Background: olive oil, flour, cinnamon, cumin, seasoned salt

    "I actually had a lot of people thinking it was real!"

    — Nebula: water, coffee, half & half, food coloring

    — Stars: sugar, baking powder

    "Part of the reason I created this fake narrative was to see if my scanned creations looked realistic enough to convince people that they were actual images from the cosmos."

    — Ring of fire: turmeric, powdered cheese, cinnamon, baking soda

    "I figured out that by mixing together various liquids in a glass or large clear tray and then placing that on top of the scanner works amazingly well — the liquids naturally create the shapes and swirls that you see in the images when they mix."

    — Two cat nebula: Sriracha, chili powder, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, fur of two cats

    "I also discovered ways to create depth by placing the liquids on top of the dry ingredients on the scanner, and also by layering ingredients on different sheets of glass that I place over the scanner."

    — Mars-like planet: bottom of a glass containing tomato sauce, water, food coloring, soy sauce, coconut milk

    — Background: flour, baking soda

    "In the end, I was pretty amazed at how realistic I could make nebulas and planets look by mixing together various liquids in a glass or a tray."

    — Nebula: tea, water, half & half, food coloring

    — Stars: flour, peppercorns

    "When you think about it though, it's really just the same physics at work on top of my scanner as it is in the universe."

    — Earth-like planet: bottom of a glass containing bourbon, coconut milk, water, soy sauce, food coloring

    — Stars: salt, flour, cinnamon, curry powder

    "In a way, my creations are a sort of microcosm of the cosmos."

    — Nebula: sake, water, half & half, food coloring, flour, salt

    "I definitely plan to continue this project and keep working to perfect my existing techniques by trying to figure out ways to create new celestial objects."

    — Asteroid: potato

    — Debris field: coffee, peppercorns, crumbled girl scout cookies

    "The beauty of an imaginary spacecraft is that the possibilities are endless — it's just so much fun to think that my creations could possibly even exist somewhere in the distant universe."

    — Edge-on galaxy: curry powder, cinnamon, poppy seeds, flour, salt, cheese, cumin

    To see more of Navid Baraty's epic pictures, check out his Instagram and follow him on Twitter.