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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.

Display Status

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

Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories Astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr.
Manufacturer Unknown
Dimensions 3-D: 16.5 × 6 × 4.3cm (6 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 1 11/16 in.)
Materials Tube: Lead
Contents: Beef stew paste
Inventory Number A19670206000 Credit Line Transferred from NASA Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Open Access (CCO)
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