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Bread, Riga, Dried Cubes, Soviet

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Mall building.

Summary

Manufacturer: Unknown

Country of Origin: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Dimensions: 3-D: 15.2 x 7.6 x 1.3cm (6 x 3 x 1/2 in.)

Materials: Cellophane wrapped bread

Food for spaceflight must be nutritious, lightweight, and easily stored. As astronauts and cosmonauts spend increasing amounts of time in space, the food must also be appealing. This is a package of Russian Rye Bread. The bread is divided into space cubes and stored in a plastic envelope. The cosmonaut can break off a cube and eat it without shedding crumbs in the spacecraft. This specimen was not flown in space. An American donor gave it to the museum in the 1970s.

Gift of Dr. Paula Campbell, San Antonio, TX

Inventory number: A19720642000

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