02/20/2012 10:38 am ET | Updated Apr 21, 2012

Mars Needs Foodies

NASA is on the lookout for a few good cooks to experience life on Mars.

Researchers backed by the space agency are seeking a team of volunteers for a simulation of the journey. Its aim: to determine what to put on the menu for a hypothetical future trip, which would last three years.

Participating in the simulation would mean spending four months in a base on a Hawaii lava flow, wearing imitation spacesuits and eating what astronauts currently eat—plus cooking using a selection of durable ingredients.