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What Kinds of Food Will We Eat on Mars?

Sunny morning on Mars – artist depiction.

Dining on Mars is a very far-out conversation, if we regard that some of us don’t even really know how to properly dine on Earth. Yes, you know who you are….Like you might have seen in the film “The Martian”, the Red Planet is a bit of a tough place to live. The atmosphere is made up of 96% carbon dioxide and temperatures can plummet below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This is about the average on a day on Antarctica, where temperatures in the colder season usually run around below 63 Fahrenheit. The gravity is 6/1000 of Earth’s.

Hello Martian breeze. Source:

So even though blockbusters like “The Martian” show some violent storms, and dust storms can become violent, an F5 tornado on Mars feels more like a breeze. They can grow up to 6 miles, though, but you would probably not be thrashing around in the lower stratosphere screaming and making somersaults.

In case anyone wonders, this is how a Martian dust devil looks like from above. Source:

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Mars has fascinated us since ancient times.

Even the Ancient Egyptians have been monitoring Mars’ retrograde movements at least since 1534 B.C., and Neo-Babylonian astronomers were busy at work predicting the planet’s position (maybe to see how far the jump needs to be??). These days, we can take a look at Mars as if we were standing there, using 360-photos and swaying our IPhone in every direction: click Here for some coolness on the Martian plain. If that isn’t the foreshadowing of our future Google-Mars maps, then what is?

When it comes to colonizing other planets, we always come back to the most important topic of all…food.

So, I’m wondering, how would our future colonists dine on Mars? And what should you expect from your diet? Is your sense of taste the same? Calorie intake? The best way to conceptualize what eating outside of Earth is like is to first look at our current menu on the International Space Station. Water is recycled from cabin air, and food is frozen, refrigerated, or thermo-stabilized. Astronauts use a microwave/forced air convection oven.