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The HI-SEAS crew prepared cinnamon raisin bread french toast with freeze-dried berries and powdered sugar during a training session to prepare for their four-month simulated Mars mission. (Photo courtesy HI-SEAS)

The Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation program is looking for favorite family recipes that are out of this world. Enter the HI-SEAS recipe contest and the recipe could be tested for future consumption in space.

The Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation mission, HI-SEAS, is part of a study for NASA to determine the best way to keep astronauts well-nourished during multiple-year missions to Mars or the moon.

A team of researchers including Kim Binsted, associate professor in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and colleagues from Cornell University have selected six individuals to make up the crew of a four-month simulated Mars mission in Hawaiʻi intended to test new forms of food and food preparation strategies for deep-space travel.

The simulated mission, which begins in April 2013, will require the crew to live and work like astronauts, including suiting up in space gear whenever they venture out of a specially built simulated Martian base and cooking meals from a specific list of dehydrated and shelf-stable food items.

Recipes limited to “space-friendly” ingredients

The HI-SEAS staff and crew are inviting the public to join in on the action by submitting their best recipes utilizing ingredients on the list of items that will be available to the crew during the simulated mission.

The four recipe categories include breakfast, main dish (including soup), side dishes, and desserts and snacks.

The staff and crew will select the top five finalists in each category based on a number of factors, including most popular as determined by a public vote. The crew will test the finalists’ recipes during the simulated mission, and the winners will be announced at the end of the mission in August.

Winning recipes in each category will be featured on the HI-SEAS website and will receive an official HI-SEAS T-shirt.

Recipe submissions are being accepted online now through March 8, 2013. For submission requirements, a list of eligible ingredients and official contest rules, visit the HI-SEAS website.

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