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Space Food and Nutrition Educator Guide

looks at the history of preparing and packaging foods that taste good, provide necessary nutrients, and travel well in space. The guide includes math and science activities in which students (K-8) classify space food, ripen fruits and vegetables using a chemical inhibitive, measure food packaging, determine the percentage of water reduction by dehydrating fresh food items, and plan a nutritionally balanced 5-day menu for astronauts. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

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Interesting Fact:

Balanced meals of good, nutritional food will help ensure that astronauts will be able to perform their jobs in space. Using food lists from the shuttle and ISS menus, students can classify items into major food groups on the pyramid.
Four individuals participate in a cantaloupe 'sensory evaluation at the Food Systems Engineering Facility.

Sensory evaluation


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