Based on a recent report published by the Associated Press, NASA is already making plans for their Mars mission which will take place in 2030. Since eating is the first thing that people need to do in order to survive, scientists are studying the best menu for astronauts.
Exploring the Moon is no longer interesting for astronauts, who have already started to plan their 2030 mission on Mars. Most people think scientists work on improving their technology and training astronauts to survive on the Red Planet, but they are wrong. Apparently, the best thing to start with when you’re leaving on a mission is to pack your meals.
Setting up a menu is easy when you travel on Earth, but those who have experienced the effects of zero gravity know that finding the right food is not only difficult, but also essential when traveling to space. Unlike the Moon, Mars is endowed with a little bit of gravity; as a consequence, astronauts cannot use the same food they normally use when they travel to the Moon. The Red Planet is very far away, so the packed food has to have a shelf life of at least two years because the expedition will last 18 months.
There is another option that scientists are currently considering, namely, to develop new methods for astronauts to crop their own food while sitting on Mars. Thanks to the small gravity, the team could set up their own “Martial greenhouse” where they could produce fresh vegetables and carrots. Thus, the food will be healthier and tastier.
Nevertheless, astronauts could waste too much time taking care of the greenhouse and cooking their own meals instead of studying the planet. Given these circumstances, scientists think it is best to include both prepared and fresh food in the team’s menu, so they can save time. Even so, they will not be able to eat meat because this product does not have a long shelf life. They can’t take a cow on the mission, either, as senior research scientist, Maya Cooper, joked.
Obama’s recent decision to diminish the budget has made scientists’ mission even more difficult. They usually spend $1 million to research and build space menus.