Up until now, every morsel of food an astronaut eats in space was created and packaged here on earth. However, as we embark on a new era of long-term space flight, NASA and other space agencies realize that will need to change.
As the Senior Project Manager for Space Crop Production and Exploration Food Systems for NASA, Ralph Fritsche has been thinking about this problem for the past decade. Ralph and his team work every to try and figure out how exactly they can provide sustenance to space travelers for multi-year space missions that are out of reach of re-supply from the space shuttles they rely on today.
In other words, they are trying to figure out how to feed humans on a mission to Mars.
In this podcast, we talk about the evolution of the NASA space food program, how they are discovering new ideas for possibly feeding space travelers, and the timeline for sending systems up in space to feed astronauts as they embark on multiyear missions to the far reaches of the galaxy.
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