Mars Food Study: Spam and Nutella on Astronauts’ Menu

by Christopher Freeburn | August 14, 2013 10:19 am

nutella Mars Food Study: Spam and Nutella on Astronauts Menu[1]Space 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[2]? According to a team of scientists participating in a NASA-funded study, most of the recipes will involve Hormel‘s (HRL[3]) 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.

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