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May 28, 2013 AT 2:30 pm

Making Food In Space

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NASA has awarded Anjan, an employee at Systems and Materials Research Corporation a contract to develop a universal prototype for 3D printed, synthesized foods designed for consumption in outer space. The first test run will involve a 3D printed pizza, with layers of pizza dough, followed by tomato and cheese.  The software is will be open source, and based on the existing open-source ‘rep rap mendel‘ 3D printer.  The endeavor is an effort to create food with a 30-year shelf life, enabling NASA to send humans to Mars (or at least it would take care of their caloric needs). via designboom.

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Fresh food arriving to the space station.


A video on food printing.


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