Cooking in Mars made possible with the help of a Pinoy scientist

Next thing you know, there’s Master Chef: Mars. The future is here.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Monday (September 22) that a Pinoy postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University named Apollo Arquiza helped make cooking in outer space possible.


Before joining Cornell, Arquiza was adjunct professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) College of Engineering. He was asked to join the Reduced Gravity Program team by his academic adviser, Professor Jean Hunter.


The research and testing started in 2011, largely due to NASA’s renewed efforts to explore the Red Planet by 2030. According to the report by PDI, the US Government is looking into establishing a permanent base and this means that astronauts would have to stay on the surface for a year or so. This is aside from the lengthy travel time to our scarlet neighbor, which is around six to eight months.


Arquiza told PDI, "If they are going to be on Mars for a long time, they may have to cook at some point"



He shared that one of the challenges they had in figuring out how to cook in low-gravity was controlling the oil, but now, if a Filipino is aboard the spacecraft, s/he can fry daing if s/he wants.


For more on this story, log on to Thumbnail photo from NASA.

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