Scientists have imagined the perfect meal for astronauts of the future

Discover the ideal meal for long-term space missions.

Scientists have imagined the perfect meal for astronauts of the future

Discover the ideal meal for long-term space missions. Between the constraints of space cultures and human nutritional needs, here is the perfect dish for tomorrow's astronauts.

Feeding astronauts during their stays in space is becoming a real headache for space agencies. Indeed, future space missions will be longer and further away, which will make regular resupply impossible. In the future, astronauts will need to be fed with crops grown in space. Experimental cultures are also carried out in the international space station. Scientists have wondered about these future space menus and have developed the ideal meal for tomorrow's astronauts. Published in the journal ACS Food Science

To reach this conclusion, scientists based themselves on the nutritional needs of astronauts which differ slightly from those of an adult on Earth because of their physical activity and the absence of gravity which puts a strain on their bones. But the researchers didn't stop there. They also took into account additional parameters linked to the constraints of cultivation in space. For example, it is imperative to find plants whose growth does not require too much water, which will be a limiting resource in space colonies.

The area of ​​space farms should also be considered and the plants grown should take up as little space as possible. Finally, the majority of plants are partially edible. The researchers thus took into account the recyclability of inedible elements in order to minimize waste and optimize the yields of future space crops which will constitute real larders for astronauts.

By combining all these constraints as well as human physiological needs, the team of scientists imagined a perfect recipe that would keep astronauts in great shape while offering a tasty dish. The psychological dimension of the astronauts was also worked on in order to keep their morale high. For this, the appearance of the dish was studied using the colors, tastes and textures of the elements that compose it. The salad thus prepared is composed of soybeans, poppy seeds, kale, sunflower seeds and sweet potato. A change from the freeze-dried meals that astronauts are used to during their missions!

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