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So, the space ice cream available at countless museum gift shops wasn’t actually a big hit in space. In fact, the recipe was scrapped after its first time out back in 1968.
Astronaut food has come a long way since then, and it’s going even further now that testing and prep has started for NASA’s planned mission to Mars in the 2030’s.
The space food curator of the National Air and Space Museum noted that a lot of what’s made to eat depends on how it’s to be eaten.
Anything requiring a knife is off the table, as zero gravity and sharp objects don’t mix. Further, packages and utensils that could cause a spark don’t make it as the environment is highly flammable.
As missions get longer, the food has been getting healthier. Options have less sodium and more fruits and vegetables, which are now packaged at the last moment rather than weeks prior.
Freshness and variety are of great concern to the scientists developing the menus for the trip to Mars.
They’ve already started working on ways the astronauts can grow their own vegetables and prepare their own meals.