Space Food, Sausage Pattie, STS-27

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    Space Food, Sausage Pattie, STS-27

    Plastic container with dehydrated sausage pattie

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

This breakfast sausage 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. Dehydrated food items like this have a circular port in one corner for adding water to make the food edible. This item returned from Space Shuttle mission STS-27 (Atlantis) in 1988.