Menu for Mars
• Thanksgiving Meal, celebrated 80 million miles from Earth presents a challenge worthy of any chef. Little wonder that NASA’s Advanced Food Technology Project, working with Lockheed Martin, has already begun working on the menu for a manned mission to the Red Planet sometime in the 2030’s.
• Veggie Loaf No turkey, sorry! Martian food has to have a shelf life of 5 years, and meat products cannot be stabilized that long with current food technology. I hope the astronauts like soy. Oils or granules of concentrated flavors will be encased in tiny beads and coated with a substance that dissolves on contact with saliva. Yum .
• Pinto Bean Pie “Like a pecan pie without the pecans,” says a NASA senior research scientist. Because the pie may taste 30 percent less sweet in space, astronauts on board International Space Station will do taste tests on the five flavors (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami).
• Recipe NASA’s recipe for Space Cornbread Dressing: http://www.space.com/6173-nasa-recipe-space-cornbread-dressing.html
• Video Watch Commander Kevin Ford aboard the International Space Station show off today’s Thanksgiving meal (dehydrated candied yam with marshmallow cream… mmmm!): http://www.space.com/18569-thanksgiving-feast-in-space-the-menu-video.html