AGFD Neil Da Costa  Sunday, August 28, 2011 

16 - Challenges of developing a food system for a Mars mission

Maya R. Cooper,, Space Food Systems Laboratory, NASA/JSC, Houston, TX 77058, United States

The development of space food has been evolving since a Soviet cosmonaut became the first human to eat in space in August 1961. The approach to NASA food provisioning has changed over the last 50 years and will continue to change to accommodate the different mission profiles and vehicle designs. While still maintaining residency on the International Space Station (ISS), NASA is working towards future long duration manned exploration space flights beyond low earth orbit. The primary goal of the NASA Advanced Food Technology Project is to develop requirements and technologies that will enable NASA to provide the crew with a safe, nutritious and acceptable food system while efficiently balancing appropriate vehicle resources such as mass, volume, and crew time during these exploration missions. Since the duration of Mars missions may be as long as 2.5 years, there will be limited opportunity for resupply of food. This results in the requirement of a shelf stable food system with a shelf life of 3 - 5 years.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 03:30 PM
Food for Extreme Environments (01:00 PM - 04:20 PM)
Location: Colorado Convention Center
Room: 505


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