So what will astronauts eat during long space missions? According to a team of scientists participating in a NASA-funded study, most of the recipes will involve Hormel‘s (HRL) Spam, the canned meat, and Nutella, a popular chocolate-hazelnut spread, the Associated Press notes.
Results from the study — called the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation — will be reported at the International Astronautical Congress to be held in Beijing later this year.
The team of six researcher lived in a small dome on an isolated Hawaii lava flow for four months, experimenting with various foods. Spam was a preferred ingredient because the canned meat is easily storable and remains edible for a long time, important requirements for any food in the limited space available on spacecraft.
Nutella, by contrast, was useful as a comfort food, so popular among the research team that it had to be rationed.