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Center Chief Technologist Office - FY19 CIF IRAD Principal Investigators - 3D Printed Prototypes to Enhance the Space Food Program with Xulie Wu. Photo Date: October 4, 2019. Location: Building 17, Food Lab. Photographer: Robert Markowitz


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Careers, Life Science, Health and Nutrition, Humans, Living and Working in Space



NASA space food scientist Xulei Wu dishes on what considerations go into preparing food for the astronauts on the International Space Station. Learn how Wu trains astronauts for dining in space and what solutions she and the other food scientists have cooked up to meet the challenges of eating in a microgravity environment.

Surprisingly STEM is a video series that highlights exciting and unexpected careers at NASA. Each episode highlights a member of NASA’s workforce, focusing on their unique job and how their personal journey led them to that career.

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