Space Food, Beef and Vegetables, Mercury, Friendship 7

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    Space Food, Beef and Vegetables, Mercury, Friendship 7

    White tube with screw cap end; contains pureed, condensed beef and vegetables; cap missing.

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    Mercury Space Food Beef and Vegetables Tube

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