Menu in astro look
How should the astronauts eat during their stays in space and on other planets? Nothing is left to chance when drawing up the extraterrestrial kitchen plans. A chef of a special kind takes care of NASA's astronauts: Jean Hunter, a scientist at Cornell University, heads the project, which is about their physical well-being. Wheat and potatoes are the basis of the menu, supplemented by rice, soy, peanuts, lettuce and herbs. It is about ensuring a he althy diet even in possible moon or mars colonies. To do this, a limited selection of 15 to 30 foods must be used, which could also be raised and harvested in space farms.
How will the scientists choose the recipes? First of all, the cost of each ingredient must be accurately calculated. Then the acceptance of the courts is checked. The nutritional value of the meals, the costs and the acceptability are then integrated into an optimization model and the appropriate recipes are selected based on these results.
Students and staff at Cornell University are also allowed to actively participate in the research project: test meals are held regularly to check whether what is he althy and cheap actually tastes good. What use is the best accommodation and care for the future colonists if there is a problem with food of all things?
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