To boldly go where no human has gone before, we’ll need new and better ways to eat in space.

Over time, food loses its nutritional value. That means for a multi-year mission to Mars, bringing along pre-packaged food will not meet all the needs for maintaining astronaut health.

The Deep Space Food Challenge asks teams to design, build, and demonstrate prototypes of food production technologies that provide tangible nutritional products–or food–that may someday be used to keep future explorers healthy on long-term space missions. Food technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste could also be put to use on Earth, such as in individual homes and communities, or during humanitarian missions, like disaster relief.
We’re inviting teams around the world to help develop innovative and sustainable food production technologies in Phase 2 of the Deep Space Food Challenge. Interested participants from the United States can compete for part of a prize purse up to $1 million. Think you have what it takes to feed tomorrow’s astronauts?
This Week at NASA
One Year Under Biden-Harris – In the first year of the Biden Administration, NASA has made valuable contributions to the administration’s goals: leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high-paying jobs, and inspiring future generations. Take a look back at some of the past year's highlights.
Hardware, Experiments Return to Earth – A SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft is set to depart the International Space Station Saturday, Jan. 22, carrying more than 4,900 pounds of supplies and valuable scientific experiments back to Earth. Live broadcast of the spacecraft’s undocking and departure will begin at 10:15 a.m. EST.
Webb's Next Steps – Our latest episode of NASA Science Live is all about the James Webb Space Telescope. Tune in live Monday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. EST on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or on nasa.gov as experts answer your questions about the mission’s latest milestones.
Small Asteroid, Meet Small Spacecraft – Our tiny Near-Earth Asteroid Scout spacecraft will be the first of its kind to utilize solar-sail technology on its mission: observation of a near-Earth asteroid less than 60 feet (18 meters) across. It will launch with Artemis I this spring.
A New Discovery on Mars – An analysis of rock samples collected from the surface of Mars by our Curiosity rover yielded an intriguing result: the samples are rich in carbon signatures that on Earth are associated with biological processes.
Tracking the Eruption Near Tonga – In the wake of the Jan. 15 volcanic eruption near Tonga, our teams are collaborating with scientists to track the effects of the blast, sharing satellite data, and other information with disaster response agencies.
People Profile

Meet Taylor Hose, who works as a flight vehicle processing technician at our Kennedy Space Center.

“I can’t begin to express how much I’ve learned...Starting out as a technician, the hands-on work helps me to view problems in a different manner. It has changed the way I think.”
Image Spotlight
NASA astronaut Kayla Barron took this photograph Jan. 9, 2022, as she peered out from a window inside the International Space Station's cupola. Prominent station components visible in this image include the Kibo laboratory module and its external pallet, the Japanese robotic arm, and the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module.

Image Credit: NASA 
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