Well, here’s what we know — the astronauts who will man America’s first planned flight to Mars, around 2030, had better like vegetables. Because, apparently, NASA is only working with vegetarian meal menus since meat and dairy products cannot be preserved for such a long journey. No disrespect to NASA, but I would rather slash my wrists with a dull blade than spend years being forced to eat vegetarian food. Forget water-boarding, what could be more tortuous than what NASA has planned for these astronauts? Like, what do broccoli, carrots, asparagus, kale and spinach have in common? They are the five courses of a  five-course dinner aboard a US spacecraft headed for Mars. C’mon, you mean to tell me science lacks the technology to create meat, dairy and other non-veg products that can be sustained for the journey to and from Mars? Don’t Twinkies last for years?

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