ALWAYS wanted to be an astronaut but didn’t have the right stuff? Here is a chance to fulfll your childhood dream.
NASA is searching for a group of volunteers to don spacesuits and eat astronaut food for four months while in a lava flow in Hawaii.
The aim of the simulated trip is to determine which foods people like best in order to improve the quality of food provided for astronauts on a three year trip to Mars.
Volunteers will sample a range of instant foods while scientists observe and record their reactions.
Cornell University and University of Hawaii-Manoa are searching for six people for the trial.
While participants won’t actually get into a rocket or leave the planet, they will be asked to act like they are on Mars inside a faux space capsule.
There is a catch, of course: applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological or physical sciences, mathematics, or computer science, and they need to have professional experience.
Smokers and no English speakers are also not eligible.
Those who get the nod will If you do get the nod you can hope to go through a two week training mission and will get $5,000 upon successful completion of the mission.
Volunteers can hope to get a taste of astronaut ice cream aside but no chance of fresh food.
The aim is to see what foods people tire of quickest because when astronauts experiecnce “menu fatigue” their “overall food intake declines, putting them at risk for nutritional deficiency, loss of bone and muscle mass, and reduced physical capabilities,” a statement from Cornell University said.
Common “space food” items include freeze-dried products such as ice cream, fruits, beef stew and meatballs.
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