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New changes in food, beer in space
An 11-year-old in Colorado wants to boldly go where no child has gone before.
He's brewing a beer that can be used in space. Michal Bodzianowski was performing an experiment for school to see how the fermentation process works in micro gravity and it's now caught the attention of NASA.
In December, his idea will leave the classroom and arrive at the International Space Station.
"Beer while known to most people as a party drink actually has some medical properties"
Now it's up to NASA to get the test-tubes into space.
And what astronauts eat may be changing too.
This is what 3D printing of food looks like. This machine makes pizza, using powdered ingredients to build a square of dough, a layer of sauce, and some cheese topping. A heated plate then cooks the pizza.
The product developer says the printer could potentially be used by astronauts in space.
"Imagine for five years, someone has to eat mres. That's just absolutely terrible."
"They wanted to investigate other technologies that can provide sustainable nutrients and food source to astronauts."
Food made from a powder may not sound much more appetizing than meals-ready-to-eat also known as MRE's, the idea is that the powdered ingredients would be useable for years. The designers say they still need approval from the FDA before they can serve the 3D printed food, but the company hopes the concept will one day help feed the world's ever-growing population.