What Will Mars Astronauts Eat? [Hint: Not Cows] (Part 5)

From Trace Dominguez. ( YouTube / Nebula )

Eventually, we’re going to return to the Moon and put shoes on Mars. What will we eat then? Surely not cows. || ✨ This episode was supported by Skillshare! Try it free & support the show at https://skl.sh/tracedominguez12201
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Mars and the Moon are out there waiting for us to come and visit, and it’s only a matter of time. Once we go there, what happens? We can’t bring chickens to Mars, so what do we eat? Do we bring food for the entire 3-5 year mission? Do we grow food there? What happens when a short mission extends to long-term habitation? How exactly are we going to feed an off-world population?

0:00 We’re going back to Mars
0:57 Space Food!
5:03 We need vegetables though
6:45 Insects in spaaace
7:10 Bioreactor Products (yum!)
7:44 More Research is Needed

What about to eat a vegetarian diet? Will we have cows on Mars? What’s the 2020 version of replicators from Star Trek? I have so many questions, so let’s kick into it. This week I explore the evolution, economics, classism of eating meat, and where the human diet might go in #thefuture.

PART 1 : how much more does it cost to eat meat?
PART 2 : what’s the food of the future today?
PART 3 : is alternative meat?
PART 4 : how many people can Earth feed?
PART 5 : #CowsOnMars?

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ISS20: Food on Space Station
On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin made history as the first human in space aboard his Vostok capsule. During his single orbit around Earth, he also became the first person to eat in space, squeezing beef-and-liver paste from an aluminum tube into his mouth.

A Brief History of Food in Space
Explorers and travelers throughout history have had to develop methods for preserving food and carrying enough food for their journeys. This problem was especially difficult during the time when people made long sea voyages on sailing ships. Great explorers like Columbus, Magellan and Cook carried dried foods and foods preserved in salt and brine.

Space-grown lettuce to give astronauts a more varied diet
“If you store packaged food for a long duration the quality, flavour and nutritional quality decrease, the vitamins degrade,” she said. “We can’t guarantee that they’re going to get enough nutrition right now.”

Feeding One Million People on Mars
Food production on Mars is usually thought of in terms of growing plants to partially support small exploration crews for short- to medium-term stays. Here, we consider the more radical goal of producing enough food on Mars to sustain a permanent settlement of private citizens that increases to 1 million people within 100 Earth years.

What Will Humans Eat on Mars?
Planetary scientist Kevin Cannon talks about the logistics of feeding a population of one million on the Red Planet

Growing Plants in Space
NASA is looking at ways to provide astronauts with nutrients in a long-lasting, easily absorbed form—freshly grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The challenge is how to do that in a closed environment without sunlight or Earth’s gravity.

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Love you, #nerdfam! Stay #curious, thank you for supporting my scicomm. Here’s a challenge for your Easter egg: Try to not eat any red meat for three days. Just 72 hours without mammal meat. Try it! Let me know how it goes ✨