3D Printer Food?! NASA, Star Trek, and the ASME team up

Hi friends! I’ve opened up a little more recently on Youtube and the blog (slowly but surely), that I’m actually a really huge nerd so… Yeah hi hey. I’m a Biochemistry major that went to an engineering university, science really excites me, and I very often attend anime conventions. I always consider what I do now with the blog and business as food science, perfectly combining my love of healthy food with my background in Biochemistry.

I’ve got some cool news & recent events I wanted to share that combines food, science, & Star Trek! I find it awesome and hope you do too. :) Like, 3D printer food?! It can’t get any cooler than that.

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NASA, Star Trek, and the ASME team up to ask kids for futuristic food tech ideas

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain of The Enterprise Jean-Luc Picard can get whatever drink he wants. All he has to do is specify what it is, and if he wants it hot or cold. In many episodes, the good ol’ captain can be heard many times saying, “Tea, Earl Grey, hot,” and a machine automatically produces it for him.

Now, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) wants the same thing for the benefit of its future space missions. Teaming up with Star Trek and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, NASA has created the “Star Trek” Replicator Challenge, which asks budding scientists to create 3D-printed designs for hardware that will be used to prepare nutritious meals for astronauts in space. For instance, there could be a machine that prints vegetables, or something that can produce a nutritious drink.

The winning designs will be used by engineers in creating machines that will be used in space in 2050. Prizes for the winners include a visit to the Intrepid Museum with a real astronaut, a 3D printer for the school of the winning inventor, and Star Trek goodie bags.

“Sustainability will be a critical aspect of long-duration space missions and will require off-planet manufacturing technologies to create all of the items our future astronauts need,” said Niki Werkheiser, the in-space manufacturing manager of NASA.

Star Trek is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and it is being celebrated all over the Internet. Apart from the tie up with NASA, other anniversary paraphernalia is also making the rounds, as well as tribute games like Star Trek Against All Odds, which is a commercially-licensed game hosted on Spin Genie among other gaming platforms.

NASA said that successful food production is critical for the organization if it wants to colonize several locations in space, particularly Mars. For more information about the event, you can visit the “Star Trek” Replicator Challenge’s official site.

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