Space Food, Trail Mix, Shuttle

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    Space Food, Trail Mix, Shuttle

    Clear vacuum-sealed package of mixed nuts and dried fruit; natural form food.

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    Space Food, Trail Mix, Shuttle

    Clear vacuum-sealed package of mixed nuts and dried fruit; natural form food.

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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.

Nuts, dried fruits, cookies, and candy were typical snack items on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Unlike perishable foods that must be dehydrated or irradiated to avoid spoiling, commercially available snack foods that stay fresh, like this trail mix, were simply repackaged into individual portions in their natural form, without such processing. Astronauts could choose meals and snacks according to their personal tastes, but within nutritional guidelines. Over the years, NASA transferred a variety of spare space food to the Museum, including this and other items when the Shuttle program ended in 2012.