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Space Food, Dried Bananas, Shuttle, STS-1


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This package of dried bananas is typical of Shuttle-era menu choices. It was returned from the first Shuttle mission, STS-1 (Columbia), in 1981. As there is no onboard refrigerator or freezer, most foods stocked on the Shuttle are processed for storage at room temperature and packaged in individual portions. Astronauts may tailor their menus according to their personal tastes, but within nutritional guidelines.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1981.

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Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center


  • package: plastic with paper label and velcro
  • contents: dried banana slices


3-D: 15.1 × 9 × 0.3cm (5 15/16 × 3 9/16 × 1/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories

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