Here is What Space Chocolate Cake & Coffee Look Like


Every kid wants to be an astronaut at some point. The idea of floating around a spaceship while exploring the universe at the speed of light (sigh, if only) is a thrilling thought I used to spend hours dreaming about back in grade school. Of course, all that’s peaches and gravy — yes, peaches and gravy damnit — until you find out what astronauts actually have to eat in space.

Basically, their diet consists of pulverized protein, sugar and vitamins resembling something not too unlike sad baby food. Hence, the “chocolate cake” and “coffee” in the video below that was taken at the International Space Station. All I can say is, Chris Hadfield, you are one brave, brave soul.

H/T Laughing Squid


Mission to Mars — Avoiding Food Fatigue

Cornell University will be conducting studies in Hawaii to find ways to nourish astronauts well enough for a three-year Mars mission.

Astronauts suffer from what is described as “food fatigue,” as you can imagine from eating the same packaged food for years at a time. Food fatigue often causes astronauts to not want to eat, increasing the risk of developing eating disorders and leaving them unable to fully perform their physical duties.

To try and solve this, Cornell researchers are looking for volunteers for a four month mission to Hawaii where they will conduct tests in a simulated Mars habitat over the island’s lava fields.

The $940,000, four month project will take six volunteers to perform astronaut related work and live as astronauts would, space gear included.

The researchers believe that Mars’ gravity would provide better cooking opportunities than usual space journeys, so the studies will focus on different types of cooking, even possible gardening in an attempt to create more delectable foods for the space men.

These theories will be tested and hopefully, by the time we first touch base on Mars, our astronauts will be well fed and not have the urge to blow up the red planet.

If you would actually like to live on Hawaiian lava for four months, the application deadline is today. Perk up your resumes quickly.

[THX Cornell]