Forget Space Food Sticks, soon you could be nibbling on a Take-Off Tortilla and sipping on a Cosmic Cocktail as you coast through constellations. Last week during the National Science and Engineering Week 2012 a new variety of possible space foods was unveiled.
Practical considerations include the balancedness of the diet for the long-haul flights, the ability to grow food whilst in space, the need to keep weight down to a minimum (to reduce transportation costs), the need to increase flavouring and the desire to avoid gassy foods (gas will not rise to the top in zero-gravity, thus any gaseous bodily evacuations are somewhat more ‘complicated’).
On the gastronaut tasting menu:
– Mars Breakfast Bar
– Amoon Bouche – a very pungent cheese eflecting the fact that in space, tastebuds are dulled enough to require flavour amplication
– Take-Off Tortilla – bread was judged too dangerous for space, due to the possibility of crumbs floating in zero-gravity and clogging up vital filters
– Pot Roast A Pollo – a sensational Pot Noodle version of a Sunday roast, freeze-dried using Nasa-created technology
– Supersonic Salad – consists entirely of crops classed as Micro-Ecological Life Support System – foods which can be grown in space, whilst also being nutrient-rich
– Ice cream – created using rice milk, allowing it to be grown it in space
– Chewbacca Gum – chewing gum containing natural antibacterials like oregano oil and lemongrass, together with mint flavouring
– A Cosmic Cocktail drink – based on spirulina, a microalgae identified as a primary food to be cultivated during long-haul space flights due to its high protein content and provision of all essential amino acids