This infographic will take you on a journey through the evolution of food in space, show you how they eat in zero gravity, the preparation processes and why food is such an important factor in keeping the astronauts sane.
As part of their preparations for Mars, NASA is conducting studies aboard the International Space Station about all the things to anticipate in space. An astronaut that recently returned to Earth after 340 days spent on ISS was one of the stars of the experiment. His name is Scott Kelly, and together with his twin brother who stayed on Earth, he played a major role in determining how our bodies behave in prolonged microgravity conditions. For example, it’s interesting to note that Mr. Kelly was 1.5 inches taller in space than on Earth. Why is that? Will he “shrink” back to his normal height? In microgravity bodily fluids move up to the upper part of the body, making astronauts congested, affecting their vision and sense of smell, etc. Does this unusual state leave some permanent marks on an astronaut’s body? We’ll find answers to all these questions and more, after Mr. Kelly’s medical tests are analyzed in the upcoming months.