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Interplanetary Gastronomy

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Maggie Coblentz

Maggie Coblentz

Maggie Coblentz leads research and design on interplanetary gastronomy at the Space Exploration Initiative, where she is developing new food products, systems, and sensory interactions—on and off-Earth.

The  Interplanetary Gastronomy research area aims to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with eating in space. This extends from the microbiome scale to the envirome scale. Core research areas include:  recipe development, food preparation techniques in zero g, sensory experiences, the psychosocial aspects of eating, mental health and well-being, and food systems. This research area explicitly addresses Earth-based markets as well, as the foods, packaging, and eating experiences developed for space could be re-used in many Earth contexts.

For inquiries about the research, please direct questions to Maggie Coblentz (mcoblent@media.mit.edu). 

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Maggie Coblentz leads research and design on interplanetary gastronomy at the Space Exploration Initiative, where she is developing new food products, systems, and sensory interactions—on and off-Earth.

The  Interplanetary Gastronomy research area aims to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with eating in space. This extends from the microbiome scale to the envirome scale. Core research areas include:  recipe development, food preparation techniques in zero g, sensory experiences, the psychosocial aspects of eating, mental health and well-being, and food systems. This research area explicitly addresses Earth-based markets as well, as the foods, packaging, and eating experiences developed for space could be re-used in many Earth contexts.

For inquiries about the research, please direct questions to Maggie Coblentz (mcoblent@media.mit.edu). 

Research Areas

Testing and Deployment

  • Zero Gravity Flight: We charter an annual parabolic flight (20 zero-g parabolas, 25 researchers, 15 experiments), with a focus on prototypes uniquely designed for the affordances of microgravity. Many of the projects described above have already had the opportunity to test their products on these flights.
  • International Space Station: We are sending five payloads—including a space food experiment—to the ISS for 30 days on the upcoming SpaceX-20 launch. Stay tuned for more details!