22/05/2013 05:31 BST | Updated 22/05/2013 07:56 BST

3D Printed Pizza Gets Nasa Funding To Feed Mars Space Missions

After the depressing news 3D printing was being used to produce handguns, Nasa are ingeniously restoring our faith in the technology by funding printed pizza.

The space agency have awarded a $125,000 (£82,526) grant to Anjan Contractor to develop a 3D food printer - and pizza is top of the menu.

Using long-life powder potentially made from insects or algae mixed with water and oil, Mr Contractor hopes to develop a food source that can be used in missions to Mars.

How the 3D printer will work

Because of the great distances involved in such journeys astronauts will require a ready source of easily made food that won't expire before they do.

Speaking to Quartz, Contractor, who works at Systems and Materials Research Corporation, said: "Long distance space travel requires 15-plus years of shelf life.

"The way we are working on it is, all the carbs, proteins and macro and micro nutrients are in powder form.

"We take moisture out, and in that form it will last maybe 30 years."