Space Food, Chicken and Gravy, Skylab (Blue)

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This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Human Spaceflight

This chicken and gravy entree is typical of the menu choices aboard Skylab. The onboard food lockers and freezers were stocked with a variety of canned, frozen, and dehyrated items for the three astronaut crews who occupied the space station in 1973-1974. More than 70 assorted foods were available for their meals. Food items packaged in pop-top aluminum cans or plastic pouches were heated in and eaten from these disposable containers. Astronauts prepared their meals at the galley table, using warmer trays to heat canned foods and a water gun to rehydrate dried foods. This pouch has an injection port for adding water to make the food edible. NASA transferred some excess food and equipment to the Museum when the Skylab program ended.