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Researchers seek volunteers to eat space food in Hawaii

23-Feb-2012

Cornell and University of Hawaii researchers are seeking volunteers to test foods that could be used on a future mission to Mars.

The 120-day project requires participants to don spacesuits and live in conditions simulated to be as Mars-like as possible, while helping the researchers to determine the palatability of instant and shelf-stable food over time. Among other goals, the study intends to measure the participants’ food and nutrient intake, examine the role of food in mood, and compile recipes and cooking tips used by the ‘crew’.

 

Participants must have experience in conducting field research and have a degree in in engineering, biological or physical sciences, mathematics, or computer science, among other requirements.

 

More information, including a link to the application form, is available online here .