For every wannabe astronaut foodie, this is the opportunity for you. Scientists are looking to plan the menu and culinary routine of astronauts on a hypothetical Mars mission.
NASA is seeking volunteers to participate in a 120-day study run by Cornell/University of Hawaii that will simulate living and working conditions on a long voyage or prolonged stay in space. The study will focus on a vital part of everyday living - the process of preparing and eating food — but under the extraordinary conditions of space travel.
A key area of interest is testing the palatability of instant foods versus prepared foods, which astronauts would cobble together from shelf stable ingredients.
Aside from tasting (and smelling) the food, the subjects will also be testing the efficiencies of the various cooking methods, working up tips and recipes, calculating nutrition requirements and even observing how food affects mood in confined environments.
Sounds like they are looking for Betty Crocker, doesn't it?
It's not all foodie stuff though…you will be participating in a real experiment so you'll get to enjoy all the space stuff too. That means space suits and a stay in an isolated Mars habitat with your crewmates.
With food and space and isolation all whizzed together into one heaping serving of scientific experimentation, it almost makes me wish they were filming it.
If you are interested, the deadline for applications is looming — closing on February 29. Click here to apply.