Space Food, Chocolate Pudding, STS-27

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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 pudding is typical of Shuttle-era menu choices. Before each mission, the astronauts select their meals from a list of hundreds of food items. As there is no onboard refrigerator or freezer, most foods stocked on the Shuttle are processed for storage at room temperature. Single servings are packaged in disposable plastic containers, pop-top cans, or foil pouches, and foods are eaten directly from these containers. This item was returned from Space Shuttle mission STS-27 (Atlantis) in 1988.