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May 24th, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Here’s today’s gotta-have-it-gadget… for astronauts:

NASA has doled out a research grant to develop a prototype 3D printer for food, so astronauts may one day enjoy 3D-printed pizza on Mars.

Anjan Contractor, a senior mechanical engineer at Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC), based in Austin, Texas, received a $125,000 grant from the space agency to build a prototype of his food synthesizer, as was first reported by Quartz.

NASA hopes the technology may one day be used to feed astronauts on longer space missions, such as the roughly 520 days required for a manned flight to Mars. Manned missions to destinations deeper in the solar system would require food that can last an even longer amount of time.

“Long distance space travel requires 15-plus years of shelf life,” Contractor told Quartz. “The way we are working on it is, all the carbs, proteins and macro and micro nutrients are in powder form. We take moisture out, and in that form it will last maybe 30 years.”

Pizza Hut toppings last that long even without any special treatment.

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In other news, Pizza Hut is developing a single-shot pistol that you can bake in your oven.
46 weeks ago
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"Tea. Hot. Earl Grey."

We've been waiting.
47 weeks ago
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Call me when it comes anywhere near beta-stage.

If you look at the proof of concept video, it's a robot squirting chocolate on a cracker. We're nowhere near "replicator" territory, especially considering that concept is practically impossible.

But what would you expect from someone who thinks combining "carbs," "proteins," and other powders will produce real food. It's obvious they don't know much about cooking or nutrition.

It's also obvious they haven't heard of MREs yet either. ;)
47 weeks ago
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"Hic...Houston..We have a a heavy, heavy, radiation burst corrupted the fooood printers serft uh soft ware thingy. Whoooo ever....(ooooOK) ..we be goody to go ....we got it to meek a sorta...high protein beer."
47 weeks ago
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Amazing...Star Trek comes to life again!!! Whoda thunk back in the 80's a "computer, tell me " would work like voice-activated google does nowadays. And the whole 3-D printing thing sounds a lot like the Replicators!
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