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“Space food”, Connected, level 2, January 2018

10 April 2018

First page of article, illustration of students having a discussion in the classroom

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

Other useful resources

Food preservation – space nuggets

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".

NASA Astronauts Can Now 3D-Print Pizzas in Space

3D printing has allowed astronauts to select and produce their own food on a space mission.

Space Food

Food eaten on space missions today is more sophisticated and differs between cultures.

Discussion questions

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

Component Indicator Level
Technological products
  • describe the performance properties of a range of materials and use these to suggest things the materials could be used for
  • describe feasible ways of manipulating a range of materials
  • suggest why the materials used in particular technological products were selected
3

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