DailyDirt: Meals On Mars

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Astronauts might hibernate on the way to Mars, but they'll eventually need to wake up and eat something. Astronaut food isn't just freeze-dried ice cream and tubes of mashed up mystery meat. Even though microgravity can adversely affect a person's sense of taste, that doesn't mean astronauts should be expected to live on endlessly dreary meals. Here are just a few links on space foods that astronauts might enjoy. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 24 Oct 2014 @ 5:08pm

    I'm beginning to see a pattern in the last few DailyDirt posts...

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Oct 2014 @ 5:44pm

    I would crave a Mars break, er, bar.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Oct 2014 @ 5:48pm

    These posts are out of this world.

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    That One Guy (profile), 24 Oct 2014 @ 6:02pm

    Astronaut food, historical and current

    For a little history of 'space food', there's a 20-minute video that the people at Tested created, where they interview one of the people in charge of the lab that creates the food that astronauts eat, as well as discuss how the 'meals' served to astronauts have changed over the years.

    Tasting Astronaut Food: Inside NASA's Space Food Systems Laboratory
    http://youtu.be/6vVle67Tfjc

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    pundit, 24 Oct 2014 @ 6:04pm

    dis-comfort foods

    Some people might find this a bit hard to swallow, but any lengthy manned space flight would by necessity require recycling a person's bodily wastes back into food and water. (so even with modern equipment, your drinking water could have a noticeable tang to it)

    regarding Martian soil: The science of hydroponics has demonstrated that most plants can be raised (quite well, in fact) without any soil whatsoever, with just a nutrient-rich water solution.

    regarding Kimchi: It's well known that cabbage eaters and confined spaces tend not to be a happy combination. Though it's interesting that North Korea (where happy people are rare) would have the biggest submarine fleet in the world.

    So for everyone's sake, let's hope Korean astronauts leave the Kimchi at home. And even more so with Swedes and their god-awful Surströmming.

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      Michael Ho (profile), 27 Oct 2014 @ 12:28pm

      Re: dis-comfort foods

      pundit,

      Perhaps you might find it hard to swallow... that you're already eating/drinking recycled bodily wastes from dinosaurs and many other animals (including humans). (And there is no noticeable tang at all.)

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    Pixelation, 24 Oct 2014 @ 6:41pm

    I would bring the ultimate fermented food. Beer.

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