Food

PLANT HORMONE MAKES SPACE FARMING A POSSIBILITY

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists from the University of Zurich have shown. The hormone supports the symbiosis between fungi and plant roots, thus encouraging plants’ growth – even under the challenging conditions […]

THIS BUD’S FOR MARS

39 million miles away, the next generation of space exploration awaits its first pioneers. And while life on the Red Planet is still in the near – yet distant – future, Budweiser just unveiled its own ambitious commitment, to create microgravity beer for when we make it to Mars. Known for raising a cold one […]

MORE EFFICIENT WATER RECOVERY ON ISS COULD MAKE DEEP SPACE TRAVEL POSSIBLE

Astronauts have been known to joke about how they turn yesterday’s coffee into tomorrow’s coffee. (Hint: It involves urine.) While this may seem like a gross scenario, it has become a reality on the International Space Station with the help of work done at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. After a urine distiller on the space […]

STUDENTS PLANT SEEDS TO HELP NASA FARM IN SPACE

NASA is seeking plant varieties that could grow best in space, providing food for astronauts to eat on their way to future deep space destinations, including Mars. Teachers and students in South Florida recently began experiments to test a wide spectrum of seeds to see which would flourish in different conditions. “Once you tell the […]

CROWDSOURCED APP PLOTS FOOD AND HEALTH FOR SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS

The old adage of “you are what you eat” has an even greater meaning when preparing for long- duration travel to deep space, where storage is tight and fresh food is limited. “Understanding the relationship of diet with crew health is critical for future exploration missions, where nutrition will be a key countermeasure in mitigating […]

RESEARCHERS EXPLORE MARTIAN FARMING

Tucked away in a Florida Institute of Technology lab, a would-be Martian garden grows. A little more than a year after the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute opened at Florida Tech with the overarching mission to get humans to Mars, this horticultural research will attempt to address one of the most critical issues facing the first […]

MARTIAN SALAD PROJECT SHOWS PROMISE FOR CULTIVATING LIFE ON MARS

Space travel is a popular topic in science and in film. “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon, saw the main character use his skills as a botanist to grow food and survive on the planet. Such a feat may seem like Hollywood hype, but scientists at NASA, with help from Sodexo, world leader in Quality of […]

HIGH SCHOOL CULINARY TEAM’S RICE AND BEANS ENTREE LAUNCHES TO ISS

A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station April 8 carried some important science research, hardware and crew supplies to the International Space Station. It also carried something important to a group of culinary students from Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia — a rice and beans entrée. The team originally […]

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COMPETE IN COOK-OFF FOR ASTRONAUT RECIPE

Ten teams of high school students are competing to have their dishes selected as food for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. They’ll meet in a nationwide Culinary Challenge at 8 a.m. MDT Thursday, April 21, at Space Center Houston. The Culinary Challenge is a component of the NASA HUNCH, or High school students United […]

TECHNOLOGY FOR MARS PUTS BUBBLES INTO BEER

At the end of a long day of work, many people like to grab a cold pint of beer. Few of them think about the bubbles in the glass and how much brewers have to pay to put them there. But Robert Zubrin — president of the Mars Society and founder of multiple aerospace technology […]

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