Selin ATAY-TDO- In coordination with the Canadian Space Agency, NASA has offered the Deep Space Food Challenge, that offered $500,000. The goal of the challenge is to generate novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste, while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food for long-duration human exploration missions.

Participants from the United States can compete for part of a prize purse of up to $500,000 from NASA in Phase 1 of the competition by designing food systems that can provide adequate nutrition for future long-duration mission astronauts. Depending on the technologies presented, a possible second phase, which is about a kitchen demonstration, could follow.

Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, gave speech on the new NASA challenge at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “We are excited to coordinate with the Canadian Space Agency to conduct this challenge and push the boundaries of food technology production that will help keep our future explorers healthy, knowing that some of these technologies could also have great terrestrial applications,” Jim Reuter said.

“With the Deep Space Food Challenge, we are asking Canadians to find innovative ways to produce food in deep space that could also help those living in remote regions with harsh environments, such as Canada’s northern communities,” said Lisa Campbell, President of the Canadian Space Agency. “Together with our partners, we are leading on space innovations that will also improve the lives of Canadians”, she added.

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