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NASA is offering to pay people up to $500,000 if they can figure out a way to send fresh food to astronauts in deep space

The Administration just launched the Deep Space Food Challenge, and they're asking the members of the general public to put their thinking caps on.

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The Deep Space Food Challenge is an international competition where NASA offers prize purse awards to U.S. teams. NASA

According to NASA, the Challenge is a "public competition that seeks to create novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal inputs and maximize safe, nutritious, and palatable food outputs for long-duration space missions, and have potential to benefit people on Earth."

In layman's terms, the challenge is to find a way to provide future space explorers nutritious foods that are healthier and tastier than the freeze-dried stuff they eat now. 

Plus, a solution with "efficient use of volume, water, and other inputs for producing food" could be used to combat food insecurity on Earth, especially in areas facing food shortages. 

If you think you have the brains to figure out a solution, NASA wants you to take on the challenge for a chance at big bucks. 

In Phase 1, NASA will award up to 20 of their favorite teams or ideas up to $25,000 and they will be invited to move on to Phase 2.

If you're up for the Deep Space Food Challenge, register by May 28 to put your brain to the test in the name of humanity (and space food). 

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