Space food


10 Responses to “Space food”

  1. anon0mouse says:

    I guess that I shouldn’t be surprised that fruitcake ends up being shot out into space.

  2. Mark Dow says:

    Bacon bars of the future will be exactly as good as they sound, and there won’t be a single one left on arrival at Mars.

  3. dpamac says:

    In fairness the crew of Apollo 7 were all suffering from colds while up there for ten days. They were all pretty cranky, especially Wally Schirra, and pretty much hated everything. 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I’m just in the middle of that episode of From the Earth to the Moon.  If it’s representative of the lead-up to that mission, I really respect Mr. Schirra for being such a complete hard-ass about safety.  He comes off as a complete crank, but he probably saved lives in subsequent missions.

      • dpamac says:

        Absolutely. They were the first manned flight after the fire. Grissom was Wally’s neighbor, friend and colleague since Mercury. While he and Deke Slayton got into it a few times, especially over an unplanned TV broadcast, Schirra was extremely serious about business on that flight. It’s especially telling because his crankiness and arguing with Mission Control were somewhat against character in his previous missions.  It would later become clear during Skylab that Mission Control was not always cognizant of the demands of the job in flight as they should have been.

  4. Talia says:

    ‘Astronaut’ ice cream is DELICIOUS. Although I’m guessing they pumped a lot more sugar into it to make it more palatable to the public at large. Gosh, I haven’t had it in years. Do want.

  5. townandgownie says:

    For those folks that REALLY want to know more about the history of food at NASA I’d encourage you to read this book – The Astronaut’s Cookbook –,+space+sciences/book/978-1-4419-0623-6

    It has all of the stories from the Smithsonian article and many, many more. As a bonus, lots of recipes on reproducing a lot of the food that has gone into space.

  6. sockdoll says:

    I remember when I was a kid in the early ’70s Pillsbury had these doughy, foil-wrapped rods of edible plastic called Space Food Sticks that were marketed as some kind of synthetic snack. They did apparently have a connection to the US space program.

    I also remember taking commercially prepared compressed bacon bars on camping trips in the ’70s. They were OK.

    • ryuthrowsstuff says:

      They apparently brought back space food sticks recently. Never tried them but they are part of the sampler linked in the post.

  7. oasisob1 says:

    Some of that crap, however, is STILL available in MREs.

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