"In order to survive a trip to Mars, Earth food has to be shelf-stable for at least a year." How to Cook on Mars

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Wed, Jun 20th, 2012 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

One day we'll head to Mars and when we're there, we'll need to eat. In order to keep those crews sane and operational, scientists are creating recipes for yummy space meals that will keep the astronauts full of both energy and -- most importantly -- morale.

One of the primary concerns about a human mission to Mars is: We simply don't know how the human mind responds to spending months or years in an alien environment millions of miles from the other members of your species. "In space, you're in a form of sensory deprivation," says Kim Binsted, one of the HI-SEAS project leaders. "You don't see the colors you're used to. There's no real-time communication." So how can long-duration astronauts maintain a sanity-shielding link with humanity? Delicious, familiar food is crucial.

One of the primary concerns about a human mission to Mars is: We simply don't know how the human mind responds to spending months or years in an alien environment millions of miles from the other members of your species. "In space, you're in a form of sensory deprivation," says Kim Binsted, one of the HI-SEAS project leaders. "You don't see the colors you're used to. There's no real-time communication." So how can long-duration astronauts maintain a sanity-shielding link with humanity? Delicious, familiar food is crucial.

I guess science fiction showing starship crews eating coloured baby food may not be as realistic as first imagined.

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