Students’ Pizza Crust Takes NASA Space Food Prize SpaceDaily

A pizza crust developed by Iowa State students won first prize in the NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center (FTCSC) product development competition. A group of food science and human nutrition students created EZ Crust, which may someday allow astronauts to enjoy pizza in space. The Iowa State students competed against teams from universities across the nation. Each team designed foods or processing systems that could meet the criteria for missions to the moon and planetary outposts. Those criteria called for a product that could be made from crops grown in space, prepared easily and eaten without producing many crumbs. It also was supposed to be easy to prepare, safe, nutritious to eat and good tasting. Food scientists from NASA and commercial food companies evaluated the students’ products.