HONOLULU (AP) — NASA is giving more money to a Hawaii project studying what foods astronauts might eat during a manned mission to Mars.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa said Wednesday the space agency is awarding $1.2 million to the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation program.
The funds will pay for three more missions lasting four months, eight months and a year.
Six researchers are currently on the first mission at the program site at 8,000 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa.
They’re living and working like astronauts, suiting up in space gear whenever they go outside a simulated Martian base. They’re cooking meals from a specific list of dehydrated and shelf-stable food items.
Cornell University, Michigan State University and other organizations are also involved in the research.