Six scientists -- some of them accomplished chefs -- emerged from four months in a simulated space habitat where their mission was ... to eat.
Sian Proctor/HI-SEAS One of the hits with the "astronauts" -- Cajun Spam jambalaya
The purpose of the study, conducted on an isolated lava field about 8,000 feet above sea level on the northern slope of Mauna Loa on Hawaii's Big Island, was to determine how best to feed astronauts during the long trip to Mars. The mission, known as Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation (or HI-SEAS for short), was led by Cornell University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa and funded by NASA. It began in mid-April and wrapped up August 13.