Preserving out-of-this-world food

The Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Mass., is looking at compressed bars and dried drink mixes to study essential vitamins in nutrient-dense foods and develop packaging that will better preserve essential vitamins for NASA astronauts on extended missions.

The Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Mass., is looking at compressed bars and dried drink mixes to study essential vitamins in nutrient-dense foods and develop packaging that will better preserve essential vitamins for NASA astronauts on extended missions.

NATICK, Mass. (Nov. 5, 2013) — Getting enough vitamins in one’s diet is tough enough on this planet. Consider the health of astronauts in extended spaceflight.

The depletion of vitamins in astronauts’ food during lengthier missions in outer space is one of the reasons NASA requires a five-year shelf life at 70 degrees Fahrenheit for stabilized foods.

The Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate, or CFD, at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is looking at compressed bars and dried drink mixes to study essential vitamins in nutrient-dense foods and develop packaging that will better preserve essential vitamins for NASA.

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