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Thermostable Shelf Life StudyThe objective of this project is to determine the shelf life end-point of various food items by means of actual measurement or mathematical projection. The primary goal of the Advanced Food Technology Project in these long duration exploratory missions is to provide the crew with a palatable, nutritious and safe food system while minimizing volume, mass, and waste. The Mars missions could be as long as 2.5 years with the potential of the food being positioned prior to the crew arrival. Therefore, it is anticipated that foods that are used during the Mars missions will require a 5 year shelf life. Shelf life criteria are safety, nutrition, and acceptability. Any of these criteria can be the limiting factor in determining the food's shelf life. Due to the heat sterilization process used for the thermostabilized food items, safety will be preserved as long as the integrity of the package is maintained. Nutrition and acceptability will change over time. Since the food can be the sole source of nutrition to the crew, a significant loss in nutrition may determine when the shelf life endpoint has occurred. Shelf life can be defined when the food item is no longer acceptable. Acceptability can be defined in terms of appearance, flavor, texture, or aroma. Results from shelf life studies of the thermostabilized food items suggest that the shelf life of the foods range from 0 months to 8 years, depending on formulation.
Document ID
20080010623
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Perchonok, M. H. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Antonini, D. K. (Lockheed Martin Corp. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
February 4, 2008
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
Meeting Information
Human Research Program Investigators'' Workshop(League City, TX)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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