Far away from any fresh ingredients, astronauts are craving pizza in outer space.
NASA awarded $125,000 to mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor to develop a 3D printer for food. Their first venture will of course be my favorite – pizza.
The printer oozes layer after layer from cartridges of non-perishable food powder. A heated surface bakes the dough as sauce (ketchup) and cheese (cream cheese) is squeezed on top.
The pizza is topped with the “protein layer,” which remains a mystery on this planet.
The cartridges last for up to 30 years, more than enough time. Sending a printer instead of boxes of dehydrated food allows extra space in the cramped quarters and gives the astronauts a home-cooked meal.
Honestly, this pizza looks pretty gross. But if I were on a space mission for years kept far away from my favorite pizzerias, I guess I would have to lower my standards.
- Astronauts can choose from about 300 meals suitable for space, including favorites such as dehydrated shrimp with cocktail sauce and Tang. [DISCOVERY]
- Check out this great photo gallery of out of this world dishes from Space.com.