Podcast: Vickie Kloeris creates meals for outer space
Vickie Kloeris, manager of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Space Food Systems Laboratory, develops food for shuttle and International Space Station astronauts. (The most popular space food may surprise you.) Kloeris addresses the complex challenges of creating tasty, nutritious, long-lasting, easy-to-prepare meals that support the dietary and psychological needs of astronauts. She also discusses possibilities for gardens in space.

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A production of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center. Written, hosted, and audio production by Matt Ringelstetter. Art Molella, executive producer. Amanda Murray, podcast program manager. Joyce Bedi, webmaster. Vickie Kloeris was interviewed by Matt Ringelstetter on January 20, 2011. Podcast released on March 2, 2011. Music is “surprisingly upbeat about it” by Vim, from the Free Music Archive.