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NASA is planning to feed their Mars astronauts a vegan menu?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

This comes from the Colbert Report. WTF?

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/416887/july-24-2012/cold-war-update---kim-jong-un-s-mystery-woman---nasa-s-mars-mission-menu

This comes from another source:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/vegan-food-on-the-menu-for-nasa-mars-mission/

What are they thinking?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Cockroaches can adapt to any climate/food. I bet they will be able to survive on Mars. But then we will have to deal with cockroach-infested Mars.

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

VB, they have been talking about going to Mars since about August of 1969. I really hope they do and have no problem with spending my tax dollars on this but color me skeptical at this point. Talk about the mission first.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 27, 2012
at 10:02 PM

you want a professional peer-reviewed scientific article on NASA food research decisions? How about getting a professional peer-reviewed scientific article on Britney Spears clothing style?

E852675cdb49bef389a46112dadd23b2

on July 27, 2012
at 12:17 AM

So adding guinea pigs and bugs to the equation now requires the addition of a veterinarian and an Entamologist. So how many people do you think can fit on the first space craft out there? Lets see well, the geologists, physicists, food scientists and engineers have some spots taken. Bugs are fragile creatures and very few species can adapt to new climates... Also, who will prevent the animal feces from contaminating the food supply? We barely have that problem under control on Earth! Think food poisoning outbreaks.. and now think about how Mars wont have a fully equipped hospital right away..

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on July 26, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Yeah I'd take meat for B12 over supp every day of the week, but it's better than nothing. And thank you, I only wish getting a biochem degree were as easy as being able to correctly spell the b vitamins.

E852675cdb49bef389a46112dadd23b2

on July 26, 2012
at 07:41 PM

And do you realize that the Associated Press is still a news media outlet, which is not historically known for always being factual? Let's talk about professional peer-reviewed scientific article publications which are written by the resesrching scientist and not by someone who isn't trained?

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on July 26, 2012
at 07:06 PM

For the future, people tend to pay more attention to your answers if you don't call them morons.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 26, 2012
at 07:05 PM

For future note, people tend to pay more attention to your answers if you don't call them morons.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 26, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Edited for niceness as the points were reasonable.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 26, 2012
at 06:56 PM

No, but this information came from Associated Press. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nasa-builds-menu-planned-mars-mission-2030s-073038242.html

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 26, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I think they should not only grow vegetables, but also bugs - they ear highly nutritious. And maybe have a couple of Guinea pigs - they eat vegetables, multiply like crazy and are delicious roasted. Unless the astronauts are Kosher.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 26, 2012
at 04:34 PM

Your message has such a positive tone! I just cannot get enough of your words of wisdom. My favorite line is "You people are morons." I will try to use it more often, sounds very nice, thank you!

E852675cdb49bef389a46112dadd23b2

on July 26, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Tell me how you know they are "facts"? Do you know people at NASA?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 26, 2012
at 05:23 AM

Colbert is a satirist, but most of the facts he reports appear to be true (except for some odd jokes).

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

(1956)

on July 26, 2012
at 12:15 AM

Or pemmican even?!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 25, 2012
at 08:06 PM

HA! Nice. (need...more...characters!)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:15 PM

So you are our lovely troll :) How is everything going tonight? What is your favorite diet?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:12 PM

LOL - that's what happens to meat at my house. All that is left is dirty dishes...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:11 PM

LOL - that's what happens to meat at my house. All is left is dirty dishes...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I heard that synthetic B12 is not as good as the real meat. I really don't think they know what they are doing. Or they are on a really really tight budget. They should have some nutritionists there, I assume. Unless their positions were cut as well and now they are using interns. Do you have a degree in biochemistry? You can spell the word methylcobalamin - I envy your brainy banana.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Dried meats never last very long in my house, so I have no idea what the true shelf life is!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 06:55 PM

NASA is saving money this way so they can go to Mars.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I don't even think it has to be freeze-dried. It can be just dried - and there is no moisture in space. Those poor astronauts are going to get all kinds of problems.

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Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

on July 25, 2012
at 07:56 PM

A government agency supporting a health-related policy that doesn't make sense?

No way. I just can't believe it.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 25, 2012
at 08:06 PM

HA! Nice. (need...more...characters!)

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 25, 2012
at 06:47 PM

I don't understand why it isn't feasible to preserve meat or dairy for three years. Can't it be freeze-dried? Does it really go bad?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:11 PM

LOL - that's what happens to meat at my house. All is left is dirty dishes...

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Dried meats never last very long in my house, so I have no idea what the true shelf life is!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:12 PM

LOL - that's what happens to meat at my house. All that is left is dirty dishes...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I don't even think it has to be freeze-dried. It can be just dried - and there is no moisture in space. Those poor astronauts are going to get all kinds of problems.

2
E852675cdb49bef389a46112dadd23b2

on July 26, 2012
at 03:51 PM

I want one of you to get a PhD in Food Science and Engineering, take a tour of the Johnson Space Center food lab, and tell me if you think the food plans to Mars is as simple as Colbert explains it.

Meat can be freeze dried but it does not rehydrate well after a couple years. A 3 year mission food needs to last 5 years in case something goes wrong. The vegan food they are talking about is the stuff thu can grow in a green house on Mars, not the packaged food they send up. They are planning to send up packaged meat it just doesnt "last forever" like you seem to think. Before making uncalled for remarks about something you clearly don't understand, maybe get the real info first. Go to Google Scholar and search for NASA space food articles and maybe you'll understand.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 26, 2012
at 04:34 PM

Your message has such a positive tone! I just cannot get enough of your words of wisdom. My favorite line is "You people are morons." I will try to use it more often, sounds very nice, thank you!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 26, 2012
at 07:06 PM

For the future, people tend to pay more attention to your answers if you don't call them morons.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Cockroaches can adapt to any climate/food. I bet they will be able to survive on Mars. But then we will have to deal with cockroach-infested Mars.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 26, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Edited for niceness as the points were reasonable.

E852675cdb49bef389a46112dadd23b2

on July 27, 2012
at 12:17 AM

So adding guinea pigs and bugs to the equation now requires the addition of a veterinarian and an Entamologist. So how many people do you think can fit on the first space craft out there? Lets see well, the geologists, physicists, food scientists and engineers have some spots taken. Bugs are fragile creatures and very few species can adapt to new climates... Also, who will prevent the animal feces from contaminating the food supply? We barely have that problem under control on Earth! Think food poisoning outbreaks.. and now think about how Mars wont have a fully equipped hospital right away..

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 26, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I think they should not only grow vegetables, but also bugs - they ear highly nutritious. And maybe have a couple of Guinea pigs - they eat vegetables, multiply like crazy and are delicious roasted. Unless the astronauts are Kosher.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 26, 2012
at 07:05 PM

For future note, people tend to pay more attention to your answers if you don't call them morons.

2
A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Given the importance of vitamin B12 on brain function, I hope they send some B12 supplements (and I mean methylcobalamin, the good stuff) or it might turn into 2001: a space odyssey up there.

Man, and I used to have such high hopes for NASA going paleo.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I heard that synthetic B12 is not as good as the real meat. I really don't think they know what they are doing. Or they are on a really really tight budget. They should have some nutritionists there, I assume. Unless their positions were cut as well and now they are using interns. Do you have a degree in biochemistry? You can spell the word methylcobalamin - I envy your brainy banana.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on July 26, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Yeah I'd take meat for B12 over supp every day of the week, but it's better than nothing. And thank you, I only wish getting a biochem degree were as easy as being able to correctly spell the b vitamins.

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A7925ab8ea44e6d4d5d7c6f202632c6c

(404)

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

vegan mission to mars??? ----- even chinese women volleyball team sucks without meat:

' even chinese women volleyball team sucks without meat:

1
457027ce8ff067aed8e771a0da404222

on July 25, 2012
at 09:02 PM

There are plenty of ways to provide dried meat of quality for the astronauts to take into space. They can also supply cans and can openers, or even those dreaded MRE's (with ways of dealing with zero-G). This stuff will last three years.

If this is serious (Colbert is a satirist), someone NEEDS to talk to them. They'll also be limiting their base of astronauts to choose from. (Maybe that nutcase who drove to Florida in diapers is still available???) A few people do fine on a vegan diet. Most of us... don't.

E852675cdb49bef389a46112dadd23b2

on July 26, 2012
at 07:41 PM

And do you realize that the Associated Press is still a news media outlet, which is not historically known for always being factual? Let's talk about professional peer-reviewed scientific article publications which are written by the resesrching scientist and not by someone who isn't trained?

E852675cdb49bef389a46112dadd23b2

on July 26, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Tell me how you know they are "facts"? Do you know people at NASA?

B8592e62f9804ddabae73c1103d6bcb9

(1956)

on July 26, 2012
at 12:15 AM

Or pemmican even?!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 26, 2012
at 05:23 AM

Colbert is a satirist, but most of the facts he reports appear to be true (except for some odd jokes).

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 26, 2012
at 06:56 PM

No, but this information came from Associated Press. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nasa-builds-menu-planned-mars-mission-2030s-073038242.html

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 27, 2012
at 10:02 PM

you want a professional peer-reviewed scientific article on NASA food research decisions? How about getting a professional peer-reviewed scientific article on Britney Spears clothing style?

1
2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on July 25, 2012
at 06:49 PM

We can't even get an astronaut off the ground without the Russians. I will worry about this if and when we restart the maned space program.

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

VB, they have been talking about going to Mars since about August of 1969. I really hope they do and have no problem with spending my tax dollars on this but color me skeptical at this point. Talk about the mission first.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 06:55 PM

NASA is saving money this way so they can go to Mars.

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E296092b5e2de871a95a28f428c8cdd3

on July 25, 2012
at 07:14 PM

DRAGON FLY'S VAGINA

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E296092b5e2de871a95a28f428c8cdd3

on July 25, 2012
at 07:13 PM

PALEOLITHIC DIETS ARE COMPLETE NONSENSE.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 25, 2012
at 07:15 PM

So you are our lovely troll :) How is everything going tonight? What is your favorite diet?

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