Everyone knows that eating is a necessary condition for life for humans. Everyone also knows that food can take up a lot of space in a pantry or a refrigerator, and cooking can be time-consuming, messy, and cumbersome. So how, might you wonder, do people who don’t have a lot of space or opportunity for mess incorporate this necessity into their lives? Whether it’s on the Space Shuttle, Soyuz, the ISS, or any other manned spacecraft, scientists at NASA have found ways to make it work for astronauts, and they’re amazingly clever.
You would be surprised by the many challenges that arise when putting food, limited space, and weightlessness together in a tiny metal container brimming with important, sensitive electronics. Today we’re going to show you how these challenges were overcome.
From freeze-drying food to putting nutrients in a squeezable tube and even opting for certain styles of foods (think tortilla instead of bread – we’ll tell you why!), space food science has come a long way. The menu has expanded significantly thanks to the hard work of ground scientists and the feedback from the astronauts, and now it’s more efficient than ever.
Stick around to learn more about what these bizarre, futuristic foods are made of and how far they’ve come along since they were first created. Have you ever had the opportunity to try space food? Some is available commercially even to non-astronauts, packaged nicely and ready to eat! Let us know what you thought of it in the comments section!