25 November 2016 Current Affairs: NASA food scientists have developed snack bars, a healthier and convenient alternative to the regular breakfast that astronauts carry with them into space.
The bars have been specifically created in order to reduce weight overboard the Orion Space Capsule- the first manned NASA flight- expected to launch post-2021.
The bars have been tested for flavour, texture, and long-term use. They are being looked at as the best possible meal replacement.
The main reason behind the move is limited space inside the Orion capsule. The bars will help reduce the amount of food supplies astronauts need for longer missions, limit storage space and help cut down on the waste created by them.
Developed in a variety of flavours such as banana nut, ginger vanilla, orange cranberry and barbecue nut, the snack bars weigh around 700-800 calories. This will also help the astronauts maintain a healthy weight.
Reducing weight aboard the Orion Capsule is significant, as heavier the aircraft, more the consumption of fuel and energy. However, ultimately the usage of these bars will depend on the reaction of the crew members because it is only if they like the taste of these snack bars that they will prefer to consume it for breakfast for weeks at length.
NASA’s First-Manned Orion Deep Space Mission : The NASA’s first-manned Orion Space capsule is expected to travel beyond the moon, to various distant space destinations.Unlike crew members on the International Space Station, who get to choose from 200 items for their meals and have a resupply spacecraft to deliver whatever they need or to dispose of their trash, the Orion crew will be on their own. They will have to take everything they need for the whole mission and bring it all back with them.
The lighter the spacecraft, the more distance it will cover.