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This package contains freeze-dried spaghetti with meatsauce. It was prepared for the Apollo 16 mission in April 1972 though not consumed.

Each Apollo crew member was provided with three meals per day which provided approximately 2,800 calories per day. The food was freeze-dried and was easily reconstituted by the astronaut with a water probe which dispensed one half ounce of hot or cold water as required, each time the trigger button was pressed.

The food was protected with a 4-ply, laminated film coating. This protected the food from loss of flavor, moisture and oxygen invasion, spoiling and excess crumbling, and was used on both the rehydratable and the bite-sized foods. The rehydratable foods also had an 8-quinolinol sulfate tablet attached to reduce spoilage in the used food wraps.

NASA transferred this to the National Air and Space Museum in 1986.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories Manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation Dimensions 3-D: 17.1 x 16.5 x 2.5cm (6 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 1 in.)
Materials Exterior: Laminated plastic film, plastic, paper
Contents: Dehydrated spaghetti and meat sauce
Inventory Number A19860664000 Credit Line Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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