Students Prepare Vegan Meals for Astronauts
The Martian book and movie adaptation have inspired intrigue and debate amongst many circles, yet groups of Miami students are using the opportunity to see just how future astronauts can feed themselves with crops grown in outer space. Last weekend select students presented their personalized recipes for visiting NASA astronauts at the Green Cuisine Challenge at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.
Last year the gardens partnered with NASA to see what produce could be successfully grown in space and this year the students whipped up dishes that astronauts could create with their crops. “The Voyages of Plants” featured recipes considering the limitations of space travel: no extra water to wash produce, limited cooking capabilities, and zero-gravity. Marion Litzinger, the program challenge manager, stated to the Miami New Times:
“[The students] received a list of possible plants that are potential candidates for growth in space and were then provided with a calories/square centimeter calculator so that they could incorporate the calculations into their presentation.”
Each meal had to include 100 calories of plant-based nutrients and could take up no more than 250 centimeters of growing space per serving. Astronauts taste-tested the dishes themselves this weekend, hopefully leaving inspired to create tasty vegan dishes at home as well as on future space missions.
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