Tasting Astronaut Food – Inside NASA’s Space Food Laboratory

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How does the dining experience in space compare to that on Earth? We visited NASA’s Space Food Systems Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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To learn about the history of space food and sample some of the same food that the astronauts on the International Space Station eat every day.

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The Space Food Systems Laboratory has the capability to fabricate custom-molded flight food containers.

Process foods using a variety of stabilization techniques, including freezing and freeze-drying; package foods in a nitrogen environment for long-term storage.

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The food must balance nutrition, flavor, and safety with more practical concerns such as preparation time, size, and a shelf life of three to five years.

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