Space Food, Beef Pattie, STS-27

This beef pattie package is typical of Shuttle-era menu choices; it was returned from the STS-27 Shuttle mission (Atlantis) in 1988. As there is no onboard refrigerator or freezer, most foods are processed for storage at room temperature. Individual portions are packaged in disposable plastic containers, pop-top cans, or foil pouches, and foods are eaten directly from these containers. Astronauts warm food packages at a galley station and use a hot-cold water dispenser to rehydrate dried foods. Containers for dehydrated food like this have an injection port for adding water to make the food edible.

NASA transferred this item to the Smithsonian Institution in 1989.