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.