Test director for NASA, Ralph Fritsche affirmed “The day we actually set foot on Mars will be an amazing day. But there’s going to be a lot of mundane stuff that leads up to that”
Considering the time that astronauts have to spend on Mars – more than 500 days – until they can step on Earth soil again, scientists carry an extensive research regarding alimentation. The focus in on the freshness of food, preserving nutrients, but science is not stopping here. Leisure food is also a must.
The space farming is a possible project since 2014. When NASA ‘turned over a new leaf’ about eating from cans, tubes or stores of frozen vegetable, designing the Vegetable Production System. Vegetable gardens were upgraded with LED lights, controlled-release fertilizer and many other optimizations for outer space. Cabbage, mustard greens, red romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and zinnias are likely to be consumed in the day they were picked. Gioia Massa, a NASA scientist stated “When [astronauts] come back, a lot of times they’ll say, ‘I thought I’d be missing a pizza or a cheeseburger, and the first thing I wanted was a salad”
Pioneering projects for Mars
- Ricardo Marques, Budweiser’s vice president of marketing emphasized ‘We asked ourselves, ‘How good will life on Mars be if you can’t enjoy a cold beer?'”. So the company Budweiser launched last year the beer that can be enjoyed in Mars harsh conditions.
- Building an industry on Mars looks like a Sci-Fi movie subject, but actually, it’s possible and requested, concerning the Earth pollution.”We need to protect [Earth] and the only way to really protect it is to eventually … move heavy industry off Earth,”. These words belong to Jeff Bezos, Amazon and Blue Origin founder.
Additive Manufacturing Facility has invented a 3D printer for a spaceship that can provide medical materials, tools and can even build itself.
- The last project can have a lasting impact on humanity healthcare development. The scientists brought flatworms that previously suffered injuries. The results were that the worms regenerated, growing an extra head, which wouldn’t happen normally on Earth.
The day scientists will fully understand this process, heart failures and irreversible brain damages will no longer be a worry.