Space Food, Pecan Cookies, Shuttle, STS-1

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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

These cookies are typical of Shuttle-era menu choices. The package was returned from the first Space 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. Some commercial products, like cookies and crackers, are simply repackaged for spaceflight. Astronauts may tailor their menus according to their personal tastes, but within nutritional guidelines.

Transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1981.