NASA Makes 100% Vegan Menu for Mission to Mars

NASA is planning to send manned missions to Mars in the 2030s, and the lucky astronauts will be eating a 100% vegan diet!  NASA’s Advanced Food Technology (AFT) project is actively researching and preparing over 100 vegan recipes to send up to the red planet.

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The astronauts will enjoy a healthy array of fresh fruits and vegetables, and will even be growing live plants throughout the mission.  Meat and dairy are too difficult to preserve for the trip, and can’t be sustainably produced on the planet after they land (much like on Earth).  The heath benefits they’ll receive are an added bonus!

In addition, scientists in Beijing have been testing and developing technology to grow space gardens on Mars.  The technique “would enable astronauts on China’s planned missions to the moon and to Mars to not only grow vegetables, but also to maintain an “ecological life support system” that would also produce air and water”, reports Charley Cameron of Inhabitat. See the story here: China Developing Space Gardens to Grow Vegetables on Mars.

Here’s a quick look into AFT’s development of the Mars diet:

If you’re looking for reasons to try a more plants-based diet, you can now add “being eligible to colonize Mars” to the list.

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3 Comments on “NASA Makes 100% Vegan Menu for Mission to Mars”

  1. Mike H January 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    lol, Way to be, NASA! Go veg.

  2. andhastings January 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    I love China’s idea of creating an ecological life support system that produces food, water, and air. This type of engineering will play a vital role in the future!

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