Category: food

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The tasty treats of Apollo 11: chocolate pudding, sugar-coated corn flakes, strawberry cubes, and pineapple fruitcake.


APOLLO 11 FRUITCAKE – In the days of the Apollo space program, NASA knew that you can’t take a giant leap for mankind on an empty stomach. They provided the moon-bound astronauts with three meals per day, adding up to approximately 2,800 calories. This included tasty treats like pudding, brownies, and fruitcake. Though fruitcake has a somewhat infamous rep for being rather indestructible, NASA’s food mavens made sure it was compressed and protected with a 4-ply, laminated film coating to guard against flavor loss, moisture, oxygen invasion, spoiling, or excess crumbling.

(Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum)

SPACE COOKIES – Here we have a package of Apollo 11 sugar cookie cubes. Sealed in a 4-ply, laminated film coating, the sweet treats could be eaten without the addition of water and were bite-sized to avoid the chances of crumbs getting loose in a zero-gravity environment. Fun fact: The sugar cookies were manufactured by the Whirlpool Corporation.

(Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum)

Stainless steel spoon used by astronaut Michael Collins during the Apollo 11 mission, 1969. (Smithsonian Air & Space Museum)

A South Vietnamese soldier’s lunch quacks for the camera, September 1962.

CHRISTMAS DAY 1944 – Army Sgt. Edward F. Good feeds a turkey leg to a fellow wounded soldier, Pfc. Lloyd Deming, during the Christmas dinner, 2nd Field Hospital, San Jose, Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 25 December 1944.


December 1, 1965 – A display of the complete food supply for the two-man Gemini 7 mission to space, prior to stowage in the spacecraft. The packages are tied in sequence for 28-manned days or a complete supply for two men on a 14-day mission.


Happy Thanksgiving from space!!


THANKSGIVING IN SPACE – Astronaut Mike Hopkins gives us a close-up of his Turkey Day meal aboard the International Space Station, November 28, 2013.