And you thought you’d gotten bad about venturing out on the weekends. The AP reports that six researchers have just emerged from four months “in a small dome on a barren Hawaii lava field at 8,000 feet.” Their NASA-funded mission: plan out some recipes for what astronauts could eat on Mars and other long-haul voyages, working with only preserved food and avoiding “food boredom.”
The answer, apparently, is some combination of dehydrated food and Spam. That, and Nutella:
“But what is also important for future space missions is comfort food, he said. A favourite among the crew: Nutella, the chocolate-hazelnut spread. ‘It’s something we craved,’ he said. ‘We had a limited supply so we had to ration it.’”
So basically life on Mars is less a David Bowie song, more your sophomore year of college.
And just like you’d fall upon a decent meal like a hungry bear come parents’ weekend, at the end of their tour of duty all the crew wanted was something healthy. At a buffet breakfast after they were sprung, ”They went straight to the fruits and vegetables,” one investigator on the study told the AP. “They seemed delighted to have fresh fruits and vegetables.”
We’ll wait until the greenhouse is up and running to book our Virgin Galactic ticket, thanks.