Vegans are banned from Mars because NASA shields “picky eaters” from long journeys to the Red Planet.
Space agency chief Jim Bridenstine has pledged to land humans on Mars as early as 2035.
But astronauts on fad diets won’t be able to make the years-long journey, said NASA scientist Dr. Gioia Massa.
She told Houston We Have a Podcast that “picky eaters” will be screened.
Dr. Massa said, “That’s absolutely true. You can’t actually have any dietary restrictions, I don’t think, when you’re selected, or that’s a thing because the diet is shared by so many and it’s been so carefully developed to make sure they get all the nutrition they need. They don’t want picky eaters. “
The scientist leads the Veggie project on the International Space Station and received President Donald Trump’s Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers last year.
Affirming “you’ll eat it and you’ll like it,” she added, “Yeah. But you do miss things like fresh, juicy, you know, crunchy veggies because that’s not quite a texture or, you know, a combination that you get.
So I heard from some of the crew that they thought, you know, ‘I thought I would want a pizza or a cheeseburger the first thing I got back, and all I really wanted was a salad. So that’s quite interesting. “
Dr. Massa has been interested in growing plants in space since she learned about it in an agricultural class at the age of 12.