Foodies Needed for Mission to Mars (Sort Of)

The world is apparently divided into two types of people -- those who wanted to be astronauts when they grew up and everyone else. In case you think your dreams of being part of a rocket to Mars have been dashed by cuts in the space program (and your inability to pass a NASA drug test), think again.

Cornell/University of Hawaii is seeking volunteers for a Mars Analogue Mission and Food Study. Volunteers chosen will spend 120 days on Hawaii's lava fields in a controlled environment meant to simulate life on Mars. There, the six chosen crew members will test various instant and prepackaged foods for taste and ease of use. 

The crew will live in a simulated space station, donning space suits

when venturing out into the red Mars (OK, it's really Hawaii)


Cornell/University of Hawaii is searching for six crew

members and two alternates for the study.  The crew members will

receive room and board on "Mars" for 120 days, as well as a $25-per-day

stipend. Volunteers who complete the mission will receive a $5,000

bonus. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. 

You don't have to be

an astronaut to qualify, but you do have to have a bachelor's degree

from an accredited institution in engineering, biological or physical

sciences, mathematics, or computer science, be tobacco-free for at least

24 months, be fluent in English, and be able to pass a "Class 2' flight

crew physical, along with other requirements (like being able to taste and smell) listed here.

If you think you've got "The Right Stuff" to taste in space, hurry up, because the deadline to submit an application and résumé is February 29.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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