Title: FOOD AND OXYGEN IN SPACE TRAVEL
Author(s): Capt. Norman Lee Barr (MC)
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 5
Pages: 297 - 299
Cite this article: (MC), Capt. Norman Lee Barr, "FOOD AND OXYGEN IN SPACE TRAVEL", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 5, 1959, pp. 297-299.
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Abstract: THE PROBLEM of food and water supply in space travel goes far beyond the popular concept of concentrated foods and collapsible plastic bags of water. In simplest terms, space diet provision involves the supply of water and food along with an atmosphere containing oxygen, which is essential to food utilization and the elimination of waste. In practical fact it includes the application of complex interrelated biological and ecological principles. The chef of the space age will be concerned less with the preparation of gustatory sauces for the refined indulgence of the epicure and concerned more with the elimination, use, and disposition of waste products. He will spend less time on the artistic arrangement of garnishes for the ornamental embellishment of gastronomic delicacies and pay more attention to the conservation of supplies and the propagation of plant cultures to convert waste into food to eat and oxygen to breathe. He will be a specialist on the human ecology of confined spaces and a journeyman in celestial mechanics.