NASA unveils images of space food over the last half-century.

The Space Food Systems Laboratory (SFSL), which is the sector of NASA responsible for preparing and concocting the food for astronauts, has a very clear mission:

…provide high-quality flight food systems that are convenient, compatible with each crew member’s physiological and psychological requirements, meet spacecraft stowage and galley interface requirements, and are easy to prepare and eat in the weightlessness of space.

Easier said than done.

Forget for a moment that the SFSL is in charge of devising ways to store food so that it will last the length of a space mission in an alien environment. The SFSL have to prepare high-quality, pre-packaged meals that provide enough nutrition while being easy to prepare and consume in a weightless environment. A rather tall order considering it’s difficult to simulate those scenarios on Earth.

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