NASA Designs The Perfect Space Meal

After being strapped onto the front of a 15-story controlled explosion and launched clear out of the atmosphere to live in an experimental laboratory orbiting around the Earth at thousands of miles an hour, the least NASA can do is give you a good meal.

Feeding the crew of the ISS and other manned excursions is critical to the mission’s success — you simply can’t explore the cosmos on an empty stomach. But during the early days of the space program, Apollo and Gemini astronauts were limited to sustenance in either tube or cube form. These days, however, NASA’s culinary techniques have advanced nearly as far as their rocket technology. Tested Site Mashup takes a delicious tour of NASA’s Space Food Systems Laboratory and looks first hand at what goes into making what goes into astronauts. [Tested Site via Laughing Squid]