Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How Do Astronauts Overcome the Eating Challenges in Space

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Space has been the subject of human observation since many centuries ago, and mankind has long been trying to find the meaning of the universe around him. The endless area was so intriguing to us, even when technology didn’t allow that many opportunities for its observation and exploration. The invention of the telescope, however, gave observers a new perspective. The work that Kepler, Galileo and many other scientists had done in the seventeenth century helped a lot in understanding the universe. If only they could have seen how their efforts contributed to the project of visiting other planets...

A few centuries later, at the beginning of the 1960s, the first astronauts were introduced to the world. Starting with the first manned space flight that was performed by Yuri Gagarin who orbited the Earth, mankind entered a new level of space exploration by travelling to space. Nowadays, we are preparing for Journey to Mars, and not to mention that the space missions on the ISS have already become a common thing. 

But how do astronauts stay vital in such environment with no air, no gravity, no water? Well, they sure have to confront a lot of challenges, but the technology development has enabled it. For example, one of the astronauts’ challenges is eating in space. Imagine being in a place where everything floats around -- you surely wouldn’t be able to eat your soup from a plate like on Earth. Therefore, food needs to be preserved and packaged in a special way adjusted for space. 

The following infographic shows how space food evolved in the last 50 years, how it should be conserved, and how astronauts prepare and eat their meals on the ISS. It also includes a few fun facts about food and space. Check it out and learn what astronauts are dealing with when on space missions.

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