Space Food, Malted Milk Tablets, Mercury, Friendship 7

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Display Status:

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

Collection Item Summary:

Malted milk tablets, a popular and easily digestable food product, were sent into space with John Glenn on his Friendship 7 Mercury flight on February 20, 1962. In addition to applesauce, Glenn ate some of these tablets to determine the ease with which astronauts could chew and swallow foods in microgravity environments. The experiments were successful and proved most any food could be consumed in space if packaged appropriately.

NASA transferred these tablets to the Museum with the Friendship 7 spacecraft in 1963.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA

Materials

Metal, velcro, malted milk tablets

Dimensions

3-D: 12.7 x 2.5cm (5 x 1 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories

Inventory Number

A19670207000