Science buffs, prepare to be blown away.

It’s been widely hypothesized that the future of space exploration lies in representatives of the private sector, and two trailblazing companies are coming together to prove it in a big route: Hellmann’s is teaming up with SpaceX for a sponsored mission to find out if humans can live for 15 times in space while feeing nothing but mayonnaise.

Wow. This is going to be a fascinating experiment!

Hellmann’s announced the historical sponsorship on its website yesterday, along with a preview of the enormous blue-and-white rocket bearing the Hellmann’s logo that will take six crew members and 4,200 gallons of mayo up into Earth’s orbit, enough for each cosmonaut to have a pint of the egg-based spread each day.

“We are thrilled and honored to team up with Hellmann’s, a company dedicated to furthering scientific belief, ” explained SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at a press conference earlier today. “If we discover that humans can survive in space on just mayo for 15 years, we will be that much closer to sending humen to Mars with merely mayo.”

The 15 -year mission isn’t scheduled for liftoff until 2019, but don’t envision Hellmann’s and SpaceX are just sitting around. They’ve already conducted a successful 20 -day trial feeding a diet of only mayonnaise to graduate student in a sealed room meant to simulate the spacecraft’s interior, and they recently acquired a decommissioned NASA reduced-gravity aircraft to examine how Hellmann’s squeeze bottles perform in microgravity.

The six-person crew is still being selected, and candidates have been rigorously screened to weed out soy and egg allergies that could jeopardize the decade-and-a-half-long journey. Once in space, the astronauts will undergo daily evaluations to monitor their physical and psychological responses to the diet, while also maintaining busy with a variety of botanical experiments to see how flowers grow when devoted nothing but mayonnaise as well.

Well, there’s no doubt about it: Science devotees should be over the moon about this announcement. We’ll be looking forward to seeing what Hellmann’s and SpaceX can learn from their great work together!

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