The earth is poised to enter a new golden age of space exploration, with both scientists and space enthusiasts dreaming up the red planet Mars. When our vision grows and we set our sights on even greater accomplishments, getting to Mars is just one step in a larger strategy to discover and settle on a new planet.
Because space stations do not have a fridge or freezer on board, much of the food received by the astronaut is pre-cooked, freezed and filled with vacuum. That helps the food last longer and remain edible in space station conditions.
There's no solution to the fact that the trip will need food and plenty of it to survive both the trip and settle a new world. Realistically, any long-duration journeys including a trip to Mars or the creation of colonies on the moon will require a bio-regenerative life support network. Such a system will allow us to develop our own food and recycle carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen, and on a new planet to be truly self-sufficient.
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