Collection Item Summary:
This package of ham was returned from the first Space Shuttle mission, STS-1 (Columbia), in 1981. It is typical of Shuttle-era menu choices. 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.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center
- package; foil with paper label and velcro
- contents: irradiated ham
3-D: 17.8 × 11.6 × 1.8cm (7 × 4 9/16 × 11/16 in.)
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Country of Origin
United States of America
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories