Tuesday, July 17, 2012

NASA builds menu for planned Mars mission in 2030s


NASA's Advanced Food Technology Project manager Michele Perchonok, right, and Lockeed Martin Sr. Research Scientist Maya Cooper, try a pizza recipe being tested in a kitchen at Johnson Space Center Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Houston, Texas. NASA is currently planning a mission to Mars, which has gravity, so more options for food preparation, like chopping vegetables, are available as opposed to the dehydrated fare of current space missions. NASA's Advanced Food Technology Project manager Michele Perchonok, right, and Lockeed Martin Sr. Research Scientist Maya Cooper, try a pizza recipe being tested in a kitchen at Johnson Space Center Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Houston, Texas. NASA is currently planning a mission to Mars, which has gravity, so more options for food preparation, like chopping vegetables, are available as opposed to the dehydrated fare of current space missions. (AP Photo/Michael Stravato) 
 
By Ramit Plushnick-Masti Associated Press / July 17, 2012
 
HOUSTON—Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1950s-era building that has housed research that dates back to the origins of U.S. space travel, a group of scientists in white coats is stirring, mixing, measuring, brushing and, most important, tasting the end result of their cooking.
Their mission: Build a menu for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s.

MORE: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2012/07/17/nasa_builds_menu_for_planned_mars_mission_in_2030s/

Sources: Associated Press, Boston Globe

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