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From: Sierra Vista, Arizona
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posted 02-24-2012 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mashable reports that you can get paid to eat NASA cuisine; all you have to do is get accepted to the study:
The space agency is looking for applicants to eat astronaut food for four months during a simulated trip to the Red Planet. Participants will try instant foods, and ones with shelf-stable ingredients, and scientists will record their reactions. The goal of the experiment is to discover what foods people like to consume consistently.

Cornell University and University of Hawaii-Manoa researchers want six people to eat space food and wear spacesuits on a lava flow in Hawaii for 120 days. Although, participants won't actually go to space, the participants will act as if they are on Mars. The researchers will record the participants' reactions to typical NASA foodstuffs, such as flour, sugar and dried meat.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, biological or physical sciences, mathematics, or computer science, and they need to have professional experience. Don't apply if you're a smoker or don't speak English. Selected participants will go through a two-week training mission and will be paid $5,000 upon successful completion of the mission.


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posted 02-24-2012 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This project has gotten a fair amount of attention the last couple of days.

An NPR story, and a CosmicLog/MSNBC report to name just two.

I know some of the people involved in this, and while I can't afford to take 4 months off I wouldn't turn down a space food party if given the opportunity.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-06-2012 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
University of Hawai'i at Māno release
Six-member crew selected for Mars food mission

After receiving more than 700 applications, a team of researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and Cornell University have selected six individuals to make up the crew of a simulated Mars mission intended to test new forms of food and food preparation strategies for deep-space travel.

The mission, dubbed HI-SEAS (Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation), is part of a study for NASA to determine the best way to keep astronauts well nourished during multiple-year missions to Mars or the moon.

The six-member prime crew was chosen from a group of nine that participated in an intense first phase of testing and training held in mid-June. The three remaining individuals will make up the reserve crew.

Along with two days of cooking lessons at Cornell's test kitchens, the volunteers took part in team-building exercises, sensory testing and academic preparation for a trip in early 2013 to live in isolation on a barren lava field in Hawai'i.

The individuals selected for the prime crew include:
  • Oleg Abramov, a research space scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology branch in Flagstaff, Ariz.;
  • Simon Engler, a scientific programmer specializing in robotics currently on an internship at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn.;
  • Kate Greene, a science and technology journalist, amateur filmmaker and avid open-water swimmer who is a native of Kansas and currently resides in San Francisco, Calif.;
  • Sian Proctor, a geology professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz.;
  • Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, a materials scientist and educator who resides in Ithaca, NY, and is currently working with disadvantaged school districts and communities in Puerto Rico; and
  • Angelo Vermeulen, a biologist, space researcher and visual artist from Belgium.
"It was very difficult to narrow the pool down. We had about 150 highly qualified applicants, and pretty much everyone we interviewed would have done very well in the habitat," said Kim Binsted, associate professor of information and computer sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and member of the research team conducting the study. "We ended up with a fantastic crew, including the reserve crew, who are ready to step in if someone on the prime crew has to leave the study for some reason."

The reserve crew includes:

  • Yvonne Cagle, a NASA astronaut and family physician who is currently on faculty and serves as the NASA liaison for exploration and space development with Singularity University in California;
  • Crystal Spring Haney, a small business owner, personal trainer and at-home mother of two from Kapolei, O'ahu, Hawai'i; and
  • Chris Lowe, a space systems engineer from Southeast England who currently resides in Glasgow, Scotland.
The crew will participate in a two-week training session in late 2012 prior to the four-month simulation mission in early 2013. Once they head to Hawai'i, the team of volunteers will be required to live and work like astronauts, including suiting up in space gear whenever they venture out of a specially built simulated Martian base.

Each crewmember also has a personal project in research or outreach that they will be working on during the mission, in addition to their role in the food study.

The research team includes Binsted and three Cornell scientists: Jean Hunter, associate professor of biological and environmental engineering, Bruce Halpern, professor of psychology and neurobiology and behavior, and post-doctoral associate Bryan Caldwell. The team is joined by Rupert Spies, chef and senior lecturer at Cornell's School of Hotel Administration. Spies led the hands-on kitchen training sessions and will assist in the development of a custom menu for the study.

According to Hunter, one of the biggest food challenges astronauts face is menu fatigue. Over time, they not only tire of eating foods they normally enjoy, but also tend to eat less, which can put them at risk for nutritional deficiency, loss of bone and muscle mass and reduced physical capabilities. The HI-SEAS mission will test whether crew nutrition, food intake and food satisfaction can be improved if crews cook for themselves and will assess the additional resource cost of a crew-cooked food system.

The research team will compare the palatability of available instant foods and food prepared by the crew, and determine whether food preferences change over time. They will also compare the time, power and water required for meal preparation and cleanup for instant and crew-cooked foods, and compile recipes and cooking tips.


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posted 10-15-2014 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On Wednesday (Oct. 15), three men and three women stepped inside a thousand-square-foot dome on the north side of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. For the next eight months, they will be cut off from the outside world. The team will simulate life at a space station on Mars as part of a project called HI-SEAS, sponsored by NASA and led by the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

National Geographic spoke with Martha Lenio, the first woman to command a Mars simulation, about what it Will It Be Like to Live in a Dome for 8 Months, Pretending It's Mars?

The eight-month project is the second of three missions sponsored by NASA studying human performance on long-duration isolation missions. It's NASA's longest Mars simulation to date.

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