Participants Sought For Mars Food Study

Published On: Jan 19 2012 11:01:47 PM HST   Updated On: Jan 19 2012 11:38:32 PM HST

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa are seeking applicants for a study to help develop food for a possible space exploration mission to Mars.

Information and Computer Sciences Researchers from UHM, along with Cornell University, are looking for eight participants between 21 and 65 years of age to participate in the four-month-long study.

The study includes testing the taste and smell of space food, which is infamous for being "bland," in controlled habitats, requiring the usage of equipment such as space suits to simulate possible exploration circumstances.

Training for the participants will be provided, along with appropriate compensation, in fall of 2012.

Participants will be paid a $25 daily stipend plus a bonus when they finish the study.

The final four-month analog experience is planned for early 2013.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 29, 2012.

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