Gallery: 3D Printers Could Some Day Feed Astronauts in Space

 

Like a scene out of Star Trek, imagine one day being able to create an entire meal with the push of a button. For astronauts headed to Mars, 3D printers could potentially be their mechanical chefs, thanks to technology pioneered by such scientists as the Cornell University’s Fab@Home Student Project Team. They have developed gel-like substances called hydrocolloids that can be altered with flavoring agents to produce different tastes and textures when printed.

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