Space Food, Sugar Coated Corn Flakes, Apollo 11 (White)

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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

This package contains sugared cornflakes and was flown on Apollo 11 in July 1969, but as it was not eaten during the mission, it was returned to Earth.

The package also contained milk powder, so the addition of cold water would have provided a complete dish. The cornflakes were compressed, and the milk freeze-dried,so 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.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1986.