space food

Food from space, spotted in Sydney, Australia

Greetings from Sydney, Australia where I’m touring the city and attending the Annual General Meeting of IATA  – the International Air Transport Assocation.

While in town, I visited the Powerhouse Museum, one of the sites of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences and, in the Space section, came across a few examples of old food from space.

 

This container, made by NASA, is from 1973 and was created so that astronauts on the Skylab space station could drink a lemonade in space.

According to the museum notes, this white plastic ‘concertina-shaped’ cylinder has a “brownish lemonade drink paste” inside which would be reconstituted by adding water. A velcro tab attached to the bottom of the container presumeably was used to attach the drink to a surface to keep it from floating in the cabin.

Also on display- Space food for cosmonauts from 1993:

From the museum notes:

“Inside the package are five individual food items including a tube of fermented cabbage soup (in paste/puree form), a tin of pork and potatoes, ten bite-size cubes of black bread sealed in a plastic wrap, a plastic sachet of peach and black grape juice powder and a small sachet of condiments. The juice sachet is folded over and comes fitted with a valved nozzle through which it would be rehydrated and drunk.”

Yum?