Who ever said that space food is supposed to be dull? Well, it certainly wasn’t NASA. In a recent press release, the North American Space Agency declared that it is currently working on a new type of space food for the upcoming Red Planet trip.
When thinking about space exploration, food is probably the last thing that crosses your mind. Nevertheless, astronauts are human beings, which means, that at some point, they’re going to need food in order to function.
At this very moment, there are over 200 types of food on board the International Space Station. Some of them are common things like meatballs with mashed potatoes or roasted turkey, but there are some exotic dishes such as pate, reindeer jerky, borsch with meat, or goulash with buckwheat.
This is all fine and dandy, but what about the upcoming Mars mission? NASA declared that astronauts would set out to explore the Red Planet in an Orion spacecraft.
The shuttle may be the home of Earth’s finest achievements in terms of technology, but there’s not much room in there for a pantry. So, the space agency must be very careful when devising the shuttle’s inventory since more weight usually means more fuel.
For this reason, NASA said that the space food deposited in the shuttle’s ‘pantry’ will have to be weighted down to the last ounce.
So, what will the astronauts eat during their trip to Mars which, according to NASA, should take at least six months? Apart from the usual rehydratable food, the astronauts will also receive some nutritious energy bars, which they will consume for breakfast.
The energy bars have been designed and created in NASA’s Advanced Food Technology Laboratories. These morning goodies have to delicious and nutritious at the same time. To this end, the technicians working in the Advanced Food Technology Lab have created various flavors including barbecue nut and orange cranberry.
Furthermore, in order to test out the new energy bars, NASA’s Food Lab invited a couple of astronauts over for a nice space-themed picnic. The purpose of this test was to determine if the astronauts like the energy bar’s taste and if they were willing to eat this type of space food every day at breakfast.
As for the Mars mission, NASA said that preparations are underway, and we should expect the project to commence at the beginning of 2030.
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