Meals for Mars explores our food impact on Earth by investigating what it would be like to “Eat Like A Martian.” The exhibit considers what Martian food might be like when we first settle the Red Planet. Dr. Sian Proctor lived for four months in a Mars simulation funded by NASA to investigate food strategies for long-duration spaceflight. She wants to inspire people to leverage space-food technologies in order to be more sustainable and food-savvy here on Earth. The goal of the Meals for Mars experience is to help people understand how their food choices can make a difference here on Earth. By using freeze-dried fruits, meats, and vegetables, people can create a more sustainable food pantry. The exhibit will provide examples of freeze-dried fruits, meats, and vegetables along with recipes, cooking tips, photos, and videos of what it’s like to live and cook in a Mars analog site called Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), on the slopes of Mauna Loa in Hawai’i.
Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, and science communication expert with a passion for space exploration. She’s an analog astronaut and has completed three analog Mars/Moon missions. She believes that when we solve for space, we also solve issues on Earth. She has a TEDx talk called “Eat Like a Martian” and published the Meals […]