NASA Develops Space Food Bars For Future Astronauts

Posted: Nov 26 2016, 2:07am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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NASA Develops Space Food Bars for Future Astronauts
To help reduce the amount of supplies Orion will carry for its crew, scientists are developing a variety of food bars that astronauts can eat for breakfast during their spaceflight missions. Credits: NASA
  • Astronauts Will Eat High-Calorie Space Food Bars in Deep Space

The astronauts of the future going into deep space will be eating special food bars.

When astronauts in the Orion spacecraft will be travelling into deep space beyond the moon, they will need a heavy-duty diet to keep them fit as a fiddle.

The crew on board the ISS get to select from a wide menu of 200 items. Yet in case of deep space missions, an entirely different set of rules apply. Scientists at NASA are busy working on a diet for these special astronauts.

The Orion spacecraft has very little room for extra supplies of food on it. Since resupply spacecrafts will not be going into deep space, the requirements of the astronauts and their disposable items will have to be few and far between.

These tough and hardy astronauts will have to take all they want with them and furthermore bring it all back to the home planet one day. The spacecraft will need to be light so that extra fuel costs could be conserved.

Scientists are thus tackling the issue of food bars that are energy-dense and will provide a solid breakfast option for these astronauts who will dare to go into deep space.

A calorie-wise dense food bar will meet the requirements of the astronauts down to the last details. Even on earth, it is common for many people to eat a protein bar for breakfast as a substitute for the real meal.

So, why not in space, as is now being planned. These calorically-dense bars will have 700 to 900 calories per bar.

The packaging and stowing away of these bars will also have to be arranged aboard the Orion spacecraft. Normally, astronauts have to choose between thermostabilized foods and rehydratable packages.

Yet on Orion the choice will be between a number of food bars that will be composed of different ingredients. The flavors range from orange cranberry to barbeque nut.

Food scientist Takiyah Sirmons and Orion's deputy health and medical technical authority, Jessica Vos, talk about the food bars.

Orion astronauts will also have a food warmer that will heat their comestibles for them. The real thing though is for these food bars to pass the taste test.

They have to be palatable for the whole experiment to be a success. The food bars will have their flavor, texture and general scrumptiousness examined thoroughly before they are reserved for the Orion spacecraft which is due to launch sometime in the future.

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