Space Food, Beef with Vegetables, Apollo 11 (Blue)
This spacefood package from the Apollo era contains dehydrated and compressed beef with vegetables. It required rehydration with hot water and could be eaten directly from the bag. Apollo astronauts were provided with three meals per day which provided approximately 2,800 calories.
The food was protected with a 4-ply, laminated film coating. This protected the food from loss of flavor, moisture and oxygen invasion, spoiling and excess crumbling, and was used on both the rehydratable and the bite-sized foods. The rehydratable foods also had an 8-quinolinol sulfate tablet attached to reduce spoilage in the used food wraps.
Transferred to the national Air and Space Museum from NASA
Manufacturer: Whirlpool Corporation
Country of Origin: United States of America
3-D: 15.2 x 14.6 x 1.9cm (6 x 5 3/4 x 3/4 in.)
Exterior: 4-ply Polyethelyne laminate bag Valve: Plastic Contents: Dehydrated, compressed beef with vegetables
Inventory number: A19860454000
This artifact is on display in the gallery of the National Mall building.