HJ Heinz was domineering the ketchup market on Earth for almost 150 years. Now, the American agri-food company wants to ensure that future space travelers also have access to the tasty condiment. On November 9, 2021, the company unveiled his “Marz Edition” ketchup. the unique recipe contains tomatoes grown under conditions similar to those of the Red Planet.
Heavenly Sauce was created in collaboration with the Aldrin Space Institute of the Florida Institute of Technology. A team of 14 scientists, working in a laboratory called “The RedHouse”, began with to modify ground to imitate the one on Mars. that of the red planet nutrient-poor soils are laced with toxic chemicals called perchlorates, which must be removed for plants to grow. They also had to simulate March’ Temperature and atmospheric conditions. Mars is about 100 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than Earth, and its atmosphere is predominantly understand carbon dioxide. The planet also doesn’t get as much sunlight and has a gravity only 40% that of Earth.
It took researchers nine months to grow tomatoes suitable for the approval of Heinz’s “Tomato Masters” – seven of foremost tomato ketchup experts! Although the condiment isn’t available in supermarkets, Dr Andrew Palmer, who led the Aldrin Space Institute team, believes the effort was worth it. The expert believes that the revolutionary the research not only promotes the likelihood of food production on Mars, but may also be helpful in growing crops in from a distance and inhospitable areas on Earth.
“When it comes to our own survival on this planet, one of the big questions is how do we cultivate in soils that are not ideal,” says Dr. Palmer. “Previously, most efforts to find ways to grow under Martian simulated conditions were studies of short-term plant growth. This project consisted of examining the long-term food harvest. “
Harvesting tomatoes is not the only recent market gardening victory for space travelers. On November 2, 2021, scientists at the International Space Station (ISS) enjoyed what US astronaut Megan McArthur described as his “best space tacos” to date. They were made with beef fajita, rehydrated tomatoes and artichokes and, most importantly, the very first chili peppers in space! While astronauts once cultivated crops like lettuce and radishes, peppers turned out to be elusive because they take longer to germinate and bear fruit.
Resources: Livescience.com, Npr.org, qz.com