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When the first humans blast off on a mission to Mars around 2030, they’ll need a special spacesuit and a food supply that will last the three-year duration of the trip, including the six months its takes to travel there and another six back. Ramit Plushnick-Masti of the AP recently spoke with Maya Cooper, a senior research scientist with Lockheed Martin who is in charge of coming up with tasty and nutritious food options for the small space crew.
One thing that won’t be appearing on the menu is meat or dairy, since there’s no way to provide a fresh milk supply. Astronauts will have to stick with a strictly vegetarian diet packed with vitamins and minerals that keep the crew members in good physical and psychological health.
According to the article, Cooper’s team has already cooked up around 100 recipes, including many tofu- and nut-heavy dishes. The Mars-bound crew can also look forward to a Thai pizza (cheeseless of course) that is topped with carrots, red peppers, mushrooms, scallions, peanuts and a spicy homemade sauce.
About $1 million is spent each year on developing the Mars menu.
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