What Will We Feed the Martians?
If you watched all the news coverage about the space rover Curiosity landing on the surface of Mars over the weekend — coverage that can be neatly summarized by the word “awesome,” and this dramatic video from NASA themselves — then you couldn’t help but spend some time dreaming up the implications of what such an event means for humans as a species.
Is this the start of humans colonizing the rest of the solar system? Is every Mars-based sci-fi story about to become a reality? Are we going to put some kind of base on Mars just like in the original “Total Recall”? And if we do, is it somehow going to be populated by women with three breasts? Important questions, all. (Especially that last one.) But one of the most vital ones being asked today is actually one of the simplest: When we go up there, what are we going to eat?
(If you were one of the wise-asses who just said “Mars bar” aloud to their computer screen, go ahead and show yourself the door for being a disgrace.)
Luckily, there are food detectives on the case. Enter: NASA’s Advanced Food Technology Project who, according to their own description, are responsible for providing meals that are “safe, nutritious and acceptable” to the crew.
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