Space Food, Turkey and Gravy, Skylab


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

The food lockers and freezers aboard Skylab were stocked with a variety of canned, frozen, and dehyrated items for the three astronaut crews who occupied the space station in 1973-1974. More than 70 assorted foods (cereal, eggs, bread, soup, meat, vegetables, fruit, desserts, snacks, and beverages) were available for nutritious meals. Food items packaged in pop-top aluminum cans or plastic pouches were heated in and eaten from these containers. Liquids, made by adding hot or cold water to powdered beverage mix, were sipped from squeezable plastic containers with straws. Astronauts prepared their meals at the galley table, using warmer trays to heat canned foods and a water gun to rehydrate dried foods. This item is typical of the menu choices aboard Skylab.

NASA transferred this container to the Museum in 1985.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration


  • can: aluminum
  • contents: thermostabilized food


3-D: 3.2 x 10.2cm (1 1/4 x 4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Food & Food Accessories

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