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NASA Eating in Space

Since the first days of the Mercury Program in the early 1960s, NASA scientists have sought to keep astronauts in space for longer and longer periods of time. Some of the most important problems of early human spaceflight were some of the most basic to human life: What could we eat and drink in space? And how would the body react to food in microgravity? Twenty-first century space food has come a long way since the early years of the U.S. space program, and it now includes a wide variety of items in many different forms. Yet today, among the thousands of questions that need to be answered before astronauts travel to distant planets and asteroids, are questions related to the astronauts themselves. How much food will they need and what foods can they take? We are fortunate on Earth to have... Show More


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