Concept by: Amber Yinjue Chen, Domenica Landin, Seray Ozdemir, Yena Park.
In a long duration interplanetary journey scenario, our research is looking into new ways of engagement and interaction of future space travellers with the process of cooking and eating in space flight. By looking into current astronaut food cycle, we are envisioning methods to help improve the connection between space travellers with their food, as well as encouraging socialisation during meal time with the aim of “humanising” the space food experience. In space, the adequacy of the food system becomes increasingly important in the harsh environments of isolation and confinement. Although food experience come lasts for space food scientists, shared food preparation and food familiarity has been found to be important to relieve anxiety and promote bonding (Locher et al. 2005).