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Space food

June 14, 2005

(image courtesy of ESA Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Alain Ducasse)

A former colleague of mine, aerospace engineer Alexander van Dijk, sent me this link about chef Ducasse and his staff developing food for manned missions into space. Check out the space food experiments from the directorate of human spaceflight right here. The article talks about aiming to produce 40% of the food locally for astronauts on long term missions. The nine basic ingredients that ESA plans to grow on other planets are: rice, onions, tomatoes, soya, potatoes, lettuce, spinach, wheat and spirulina, a blue-green algae, very rich in protein (65% by weight), calcium, carbohydrates, lipids and various vitamins.

Although I love to develop recipes based upon a highly restricted diet as much as the next guy, I really miss seeing bean and seed sprouts in the descriptions Ducasse experiments. it’s so easy to do and you have within 4 days food healthier than when you just had a hill of beans.

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