Not everyone will have the chance to go to Mars. Hell, the vast majority of the human race will never even have the chance to be an astronaut. But just because you can’t be an astronaut doesn’t mean you can’t think like an astronaut, as a couple of New York artists have proven.
Heidi Neilson and Douglas Paulson have created a project called “The Menu for Mars Kitchen”—an exhibit currently being displayed at The Boiler in Brooklyn. Though it's not any sort of official, NASA-sponsored scientific endeavor, these lovers of both food and science took it upon themselves to try to figure out what eating on Mars might actually look like. Think of it as the culinary equivalent of writing your first science-fiction novel—or holding a month-long Mars dinner party in an art space.
Their project allows people from all sorts of disciplines and backgrounds to share what they think food on Mars might be like. “And that’s been astrophysicists and people who have figured out what the soil on Mars will taste like,” Paulson told Bedford+Bowery. “But it’s also people with much more Earthy concerns—people doing compost, people who are growing crickets, people who are figuring out different kinds of experimental agriculture here in New York City.” According to their website, “Dishes will be documented, sampled and vacuum-packed. In July 2015, the prototype dishes and a summary of findings will be sent to NASA to augment their preparations for colonizing Mars.”