Your run-of-the-mill protein bar simply won’t cut it for space travel. NASA food scientists are developing new “food bars” that will act as meal replacements for astronauts on long missions.
The breakfast bars – which feature flavours like banana nut, orange cranberry, ginger vanilla and barbecue nut – are being designed to provide astronauts with nutritional balance, while also increasing caloric density. Each one will weigh in at a whopping 700 to 900 calories.
NASA already has a number of tasty nutritional options for breakfast onboard their spacecraft, but these individually packed meals take up a lot of space and end up creating extra weight. The Orion spacecraft, designed to take astronauts to and from Mars eventually, is even more limited in space because flights into deep space won’t have the option to meet with resupply spacecraft to restock supplies and dispose of trash.