What do astronauts eat to maintain a healthy but delicious diet in space? How do we grow nutritious crops in harsh conditions far from Earth? How can future lunar or Martian exploration missions provide enough food for their crews? And can these challenges help us improve food systems on Earth? You can be a part of answering these questions at any age and educational level!
This educational event will pique and satisfy your curiosity regarding questions like these and more by hearing from and asking questions of scientific experts, former NASA astronauts Alvin Drew and José Hernández, and people of all ages taking part in the innovative technology developments of the Deep Space Food Challenge and the citizen science experiments of the Plant the Moon Challenge. You will learn how you can be a part of the future of these initiatives.
The event is hosted by the Florida Space Grant Consortium, the Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium, the Univ. of Central Florida, NASA Centennial Challenges Program, and the Institute of Competition Sciences.
•12:00-12:10pm ET: Welcome Message and Kick-off for the Day
•12:15-1:15pm ET: Plant the Moon Panel Discussion with former Astronaut Jose Hernandez
•1:20-1:50pm ET: Interactive presentation & discussion with former Astronaut Jose Hernandez
•1:55-2:55pm ET: Deep Space Food Challenge Panel Discussion
•2:55pm ET: Closing Remarks