• We may not yet know who will eventually ride to space on the first Indian human mission in 2022, but some of the desi bites they may eat during those five days are already here, courtesy the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL).
  • DFRL, Mysuru, the food research centre of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), says it is geared to feed Indian astronauts with tasty ready-to-eats and easy-to-makes.
  • Space foods — just as those meant for pilots, sailors or ground troops — should keep astronauts going physically and mentally over many days in alien conditions. They must keep hunger, depression, infections and fatigue at bay, and fortify astronauts with nourishment, high energy, alertness and immunity to diseases. Combating gravity-related disorientation and motion sickness while keeping bodily functions normal are other criteria.
  • Last month, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was tasked with sending out a Human Space Flight in the next four years.