Six researchers who have spent more than 100 days on a simulated space journey are on their way back to Earth.
Or back to society, that is.
The HI-SEAS mission began in April and is expected to conclude later this month. The six researchers, who were selected from a pool of 700 applicants, have been living and working like astronauts. They’ve suited up in space gear whenever they’ve ventured outside their simulated Martian base and cooked meals from a list of dehydrated and shelf-stable food items.
The study was led by the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Cornell University and aimed to evaluate new food types and preparation strategies to keep astronauts well-nourished during space exploration. The research was funded by NASA’s Human Research Program.
The six researchers compared crew-cooked and pre-prepared food systems — all while simulating the living and working experience of astronauts on a real space mission.
They’ll announce the winners of the HI-SEAS recipe contest upon their “return.” Check out some of the recipes that have already been tested out @HI_SEAS on Twitter.
Photo: Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, a researcher, next to the “hab.” (Photo courtesy of Dr. Sian Proctor)
— Alia Wong