Space Food, Chicken and Rice, Apollo 11

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    Space Food, Chicken and Rice, Apollo 11

    Clear plastic bag containing dehydrated chicken and rice in sauce, plastic valve for water probe insertion and hydration.

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

This package contains freeze-dried chicken with rice in a sauce. It flew on the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, but was not consumed.

Each Apollo crew member was provided with three meals per day, providing approximately 2,800. The food was freeze-dried and was easily reconstituted by the astronaut with a water probe that dispensed one half ounce of hot or cold water as required, each time the trigger button was pressed.

A 4-ply, laminated film coating protected the food from loss of flavor, moisture, oxygen, spoiling and excess crumbling, and was used on both the rehydratable and the bite-sized foods. The rehydratable foods also had an 8-quinolinol sulfate tablet attached to reduce spoilage in the used food wraps.

Transferred from NASA to the National Air and Space Museum in 2007.