NASA is promising $500,000 if you find out how to keep astronauts fed on the Mars trip
Fancy cooking up some tasty treats for astronauts on interstellar missions? Great, but remember, their food must be able to be cooked and eaten in space, feeding these far-flung travelers as they head to Mars. US$500,000 is up for grabs for the winners of this Deep Space Food Challenge.
Careful diets are expected by astronauts to keep them energized in the far reaches of the universe. Only recently, a chocolate bar that contains large quantities of calories to ensure that astronauts remain high on energy was developed by food experts.
The goal of this new challenge is to find creative ways to help astronauts on their journey to Mars. They may not be able to enjoy hearty stews or the beef casserole of grandma, but over the three years, space explorers may nevertheless need some warmth – at least – this interstellar voyage entails.
The top 20 teams are going to be the champions and share half a million USD. Any winner will get, in turn, $25,000 each. But only people living in the US can take advantage of the prize. There’s a catch. Canadians are eligible to sign up, too. Winners from Canada can earn between $30,000-380,000 from Canada.