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Development of a 10-day cycle menu for Advanced Life Support.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11543557     Owner:  NASA     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Advanced Life Support (ALS) program at NASA-Johnson Space Center was initiated for use in long-duration space missions. With weight and volume restrictions and prolonged periods between resupply from Earth, as much as 90% of the energy requirements must come from food grown, processed, and prepared in space. ALS involves the use of hydroponically grown crops to supply and regenerate air and food for the crew. A 10-day cycle menu has been developed consisting of items prepared from the baseline crop list: potato, sweet potato, brown rice, wheat, peanut, soybean, lettuce, tomato, carrot, chard, radish, spinach, green onion, and dry beans (pinto and lentil). Of the recipes created for the menu, resupply items contributed only 4.54% by weight and 9.18% of the total calories. The menu has been analyzed to conform to the baseline crop list and nutrient recommendations for long-duration space missions.
K A Ruminsky; D L Hentges
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Life support & biosphere science : international journal of earth space     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1069-9422     ISO Abbreviation:  Life Support Biosph Sci     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-10     Completed Date:  2000-12-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9431217     Medline TA:  Life Support Biosph Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  193-201     Citation Subset:  S    
School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ecological Systems, Closed*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Food Handling*
Life Support Systems
Menu Planning*
Middle Aged
Nutritional Requirements*
Nutritive Value
Space Flight / trends
Time Factors

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