“Space food”, Connected, level 2, January 2018
10 April 2018
In this article a group of students investigate how to stop food rotting on a journey to Mars. They share what they know about the different methods of food preservation to come up with a plan.
You can find a PDF version of the story as well as teacher support material here: “Space food” Connected, level 2, January 2018
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This unit looked at the overall issue of why and how food is preserved. Students focused on the special requirements of food in space travel and adapted a muesli bar recipe to create their "space nuggets".
3D printing has allowed astronauts to select and produce their own food on a space mission.
Food eaten on space missions today is more sophisticated and differs between cultures.
These could include:
- What are the performance properties of some of the ingredients used in space food? Performance properties could include colour, flavour, texture, suitability, water content.
- What are some of the ways that ingredients are manipulated (working ingredients by chopping, mixing, cooking techniques, etc.) to turn them into food suitable for astronauts?
- Why are certain ingredients selected for use in space food?
Indicators of progression for discussion starters