back to article Plaice in spaaace: NASA boosts astronauts' cognition with piscine diet

Space dietitians have discovered that increasing fruits, vegetables, and fish in the diets of astronauts — compared to their standard rations — can provide multiple health and performance outcomes. A study published in Scientific Reports details the results of participants' samples of saliva, urine, blood, and stool, as well …

  1. Cybersaber


    "Space dietitians have discovered that increasing fruits, vegetables, and fish in the diets of astronauts — compared to their standard rations — can provide multiple health and performance outcomes."

    So can a careful diet of Astro Pops and Moon Pies. Oh, you meant a *positive* outcome? Well then, you should have specified.

    1. chivo243 Silver badge

      Re: Non-specificity

      MMMMmmm. Moon Pie! But not before a Moon Burger!

      1. BackToTheFuture

        Re: Non-specific Moon Pies

        As a Brit I had to look up Moon Pie. Wait a minute.... that looks like a....that's a..... Wagon Wheel!

        Which begs the question - which came first, the Moon Pie or the Wagon Wheel?

  2. Great Bu

    Fishy Farts

    My dog once ate an entire tub of dry fish food flakes. This resulted in several days of the worst fishy smelling sharts ever to have been inflicted on mortal man. I wonder if the veg/fish heavy diet has a similar effect within the confines of a space capsule and if this will be the eventual cause of them just cracking open a window for a minute.........I feel that further research is warranted.

  3. elsergiovolador Silver badge


    Just pack them with some space cookies, after that they'll eat anything.

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: Cannabis

      In one William Gibson novel, the residents of a space station grow their own in Earth orbit.

  4. xyz Silver badge

    So no Glovo then...

    I still remember Sheldon trying to extend his life and that all got a bit farty. Suppose it'll be good for steering if the thrusters crap out.

  5. David 132 Silver badge


    The next batch of astronauts will “slip the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of Cod”?

  6. ThatOne Silver badge

    Come again?

    > reconstituted with either hot or ambient water included coffee, bacon squares

    Bacon reconstituted with water? That sure sounds fishy.

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: Come again?

      Just plain crispy bacon would have not needed to be reconstituted.

      And then there is "Pork Scratchings"

  7. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    I'm sorry

    I've wanted to go to space for years, since I watched the moon landings in 1969. But if I have to eat fish when I get there? Well, there are some things that humans shouldn't eat (even in Berlin where it is rumoured that one high end hotel is currently offering a fish special in the remains of its restaurant).

  8. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    So, a balanced diet... good for you. No shit Sherlock.

    More and varied real food is better than the current diet which they state "meets most dietary requirements", ie not all.

    1. ThatOne Silver badge

      Re: So, a balanced diet...

      > So, a balanced diet is good for you.

      Next they will tell them they aren't allowed to smoke while on mission...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: So, a balanced diet...

        Space ciggies have a higher than normal saltpeter content so they will burn properly outside.

  9. Grunchy Silver badge

    It is exceedingly important to monitor your diet in space because it’s a deadly, hostile, barren environment in which there is absolutely nothing to do whatsoever. So that’s why you need to carefully watch what goes “in,” plus whatever comes back “out” again.

    It’s important to have varied activities to pursue when you become permanently locked in your space can, cuz otherwards you might go nuts-o.

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