50 years of NASA's space food packaging documented 50 years of NASA's space food packaging documented
jan 24, 2013

50 years of NASA's space food packaging documented

NASA’s 50 year old space mission food packaging mercury and gemini space mission ( 1961- 1966)image courtesy NASA

 

 

responsible for providing flight crews with food systems that are safe, the advanced food technology project from NASA focuses on meal preparation for space missions – delivering proper nutrition to astronauts, while still balancing appropriate vehicle mass, volume, waste, and making cooking times more efficient.

 

for over 50 years, the methods involved in the preservation process have evolved from pilots eating seed and crackers – allowing for gourmet diets like freeze dried shrimp and meats to be eaten (without sacrifying home-cooked flavor). the following curated images take a look into how the cuisine has transformed over the last half-century including the apollo and mercury space missions.

 

 

apollo food  (1968-1972)image courtesy NASA

 

 

skylab food and tray (1973-1974)image courtesy NASA

 

 

natural food form and condimentsimage courtesy NASA

 

 

freeze dried meats and foodimage courtesy NASA

 

 

shuttle food trayimage courtesy NASA

 

 

beveragesimage courtesy NASA

 

 

thermo-stabilized foodsimage courtesy NASA

 

 

international space station food containtersimage courtesy NASA

 

 

STS-110 crew eating on board the international space station

 

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