Food and Nutrition for Space Flight

Authored by: Helen W. Lane , Sara R. Zwart , Vickie Kloeris , Scott M. Smith

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
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The United States has had human space flight programs for over 50 years and now has a continued presence in space on the International Space Station (ISS). 1 Providing nutritious and safe food is imperative for astronauts because space travelers are totally dependent on launched food. The purpose of this chapter is to summarize the state of the United States’ space food development and nutrition research and standards, including a historical perspective (Table 25.1). The European and Japanese space agencies collaborate with NASA on research and in providing foods on the U.S. launch platforms including the ISS. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, has its own nutrition and food research and development programs and provides 50% of all foods for the ISS with 100 different foods and beverages, a significant contribution to the variety of foods available for all crew members.

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