Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Food

Photo: Caltech Cooks Up An Awesome Gingerbread Mars Rover

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

'Tis the season for recreating everything (and we mean everything) with gingerbread. That includes the world-famous Mars Rover Curiosity.

The culinary engineer at The Athenaeum, a private club at Caltech, got a little help from the engineers over at JPL, the Los Angeles Times reports. Executive Chef Kevin Isaacson spent about 10 days putting together a gingerbread version of the rover based on a model JPL engineers gave him.

The model is made mostly of gingerbread and candy, including gum drops and candy canes, but it needed some sturdy inedible rods to keep it together. (Darth Vader and Yoda make an appearance, too.) The general manager for the Athenaeum said some engineers at a holiday party pointed out a few "technical deficiencies." Lucky for NASA these sorts of errors don't cost billions of dollars.