Answer: you can go to Hawaii and eat. For science.
In order to figure out what sorts of food astronauts should pack for a mission to Mars, researchers at Cornell and the University of Hawaii want you to live with strangers in close quarters for four months and tell people about your thoughts on the food you’re eating.
(So yeah, it’s exactly like that time freshman year when you were running a foodie tumblr about the student cafeteria and hating your roommates.)
Why? Because no matter how awesome astronaut ice cream is the first time, when you are on day 40 of astronaut ice cream, you f*cking hate it. Eating the same sort of thing causes food fatigue, and sometimes you’d rather not eat at all than eat another package of the same damn thing.
It may come as a shock that humans need food in order to not die. And if you’re an astronaut dealing with all sorts of other environmental stress factors, you especially need to eat to keep your body going. So this simulation is trying to figure out how to keep mealtime interesting and food palatable for astronauts.
And while I technically fit the qualifications [aside from “Ability to cover 100 m on foot in 40 seconds or less” which probably only happens if I am being chased by a bear or someone trying to tickle me], it’s not the sort of thing I’m interested in - but! It’s a pretty good experience for those of you looking for something awesome to put on your resume. Deadline is the end of this month.
If you needed a friend to elbow you and say “Dude, go for it,” that is exactly what DST is doing right now. Dude, go for it.