Newswire: NASA developing food bars light enough for astronauts to bring to Mars
Here’s the good news: We’re going to Mars!
Here’s the bad news: Food is too heavy!
In 2021, NASA plans to launch the Orion spacecraft on a six-month journey to the Red Planet. That will require a lot of heavy, heavy fuel, meaning scientists are currently looking for ways to shed extra weight from the spacecraft. One such way, according to NASA, is to swap in lightweight “food bars” in place of traditional meals.
Jessica Vos, deputy health and medical technical authority for Orion, says, “When you have 700 to 900 calories of something, it’s going to have some mass regardless of what shape it’s in. So we’ve taken a look at how to get some mass savings by reducing how we’re packaging and stowing what the crew would eat for breakfast for early Orion flights with crew.”
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