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There are few topics more enthralling than human spaceflight. Food and nutrition are of particular interest, given the obvious commonality with those of us remaining on Earth. From the early days of eating food packed in toothpaste tubes, the space program has come a long way. Beyond food itself, understanding the nutritional requirements for spaceflight presents another challenge. It is the primary responsibility of NASA’s Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory to understand the nutritional requirements of astronauts on extended-duration flights to the International Space Station, and on future exploration missions. In this book, we provide an overview of space programs from the earliest human space flight through the current gem that is the International Space Station. The book also covers the role of nutrition in the space program, describes how space nutrition research is conducted, and highlights much of the research that has been completed or is ongoing at NASA.
The concept for this book grew from an education/outreach project conceived and initiated in 2001.