Space Food, Turkey and Gravy, Skylab

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    Space Food, Turkey and Gravy, Skylab

    Sealed aluminum pop-top can containing turkey and gravy.

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    Sealed aluminum pop-top can containing turkey and gravy.

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    Skylab Space Food Turkey and Gravy

    Skylab, the next mission after Apollo, had new ways of storing food. Instead of being rehydrated, food items packaged in pop-top aluminum cans or plastic pouches were heated in these containers before consumption.
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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.