Friday, January 27, 2023 at 10:00am to 1:00pm

Building 35, 35-308
127 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

Humans are returning to the Moon, and eventually Mars! But what will they eat on the way there? What role does food play in the success of a human spaceflight mission? With more humans embarking upon longer space missions, astronauts are no longer just concerned with eating; they want to eat well. Some of the world’s most talented chefs are working with cutting-edge deep tech startups to develop delicious steaks and fine chocolates for the next generation of space travelers. Providing food that meets strict nutritional requirements while being stable in a microgravity environment is no easy feat. Research shows that cooking and eating together strengthens astronauts' mental health and group dynamics, which in turn improves their performance in space. It requires both scientific expertise and creative thinking.

Hear from NASA experts and astronauts, award winning-chocolatiers and space nutrition innovators about the challenges and needs of space food systems for the next era of space exploration. 

Learn about the challenges and innovations in space food for long-duration missions and how food science and culinary experiences are pushing the boundaries to overcome space constraints. And if you're a chocolate lover, you're in luck! We will feature a tasting of Space Truffles created by Astreas—the first commercial space food company—the future of functional foods designed for astronauts

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space, food, health, Entrepreneurship, nutrition, chocolate, startup, NASA, astronaut, aero, astro, Microgravity


Department of Mechanical Engineering


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