When the first manned voyage to Mars takes place, Spirulina will undoubtedly be a important component, or so says a team of researchers at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Space Systems.

With a trip to Mars taking approximately one year, a year to conduct research there, and the one-year return trip, there needs to be a way to feed the astronauts. Space/weight limitations preclude bringing the required supplies.

That’s where Spirulina comes in. The Stuttgart researchers believe that Spirulina can be grown in-flight using artificial light and special pumps.

They said Spirulina with its abundant protein and numerous nutrients would be an ideal food for space travelers.

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