Space Food, Beef and Vegetables, Mercury, Friendship 7


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This spacefood package contains pureed beef with vegetables and was issued to John Glenn for consumption during his Friendship 7 flight in February 1962.

Spacefood for the Mercury missions was placed in tube form to enable the astronaut to squeeze it directly into his mouth. In the later Gemini and Apollo missions, food was dehydrated requiring rehydration with hot water and could be eaten directly from the plastic storage bag.

Transferred to the national Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1967.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA


  • Tube: Lead
  • Contents: Beef stew paste


3-D: 16.5 × 6 × 4.3cm (6 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 1 11/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories

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