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Mars Food Study: Spam and Nutella on Astronauts’ Menu

Foods must be storable for long periods on space missions


nutellaSpace travel can be time consuming. Even with the most advanced rockets, traveling to Mars would take months.

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.

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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.

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