In 1969, there were two sets of meals carried in Apollo 11's lunar module—the craft that carried astronauts to the moon for the first time. Meal A consisted of bacon, peaches, sugar cookies, pineapple-grapefruit juic, and coffee. Meal B was beef stew, cream of chicken soup, fruitcake, grape punch, and an orange drink. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin each ate two meals while on the moon. The first one they ate was Meal A.
Just Add Water
- The pineapple fruitcake served on Apollo mission could be eaten as is.
- An astronaut had to add water through a nozzle in order to eat this meal of beef with vegetables.
All the meals the astronauts ate during the Apollo 11 mission were freeze-dried, preheated to kill bacteria, dehydrated—all liquid was taken out of the food. When the astronauts were ready to eat, each food item was rehydrated and warmed in its own pouch, then scooped up with a spoon. Neil Armstrong's all-time favorite space meal was spaghetti with meat sauce, scalloped potatoes, fruitcake, and grape punch.
Other Famous Food Firsts in Space
- The first astronaut to eat in Space was John Glenn aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962. He dined on applesauce squeezed from a tube, and nibbled on malted milk tablets.
- The first astronaut crew to use eating utensils were the Apollo 8 team in 1968. Before that, astronauts had to sip food through straws or eat with their hands.
- Astronauts John Young and Virgil Grissom aboard Gemini 3. The first corned beef sandwich in space was eaten by Virgil Grissom in 1965. Astronaut John Young smuggled aboard the Gemini 3 spacecraft and gave it to the mission's commander.
- Astronaut Sandra Magnus was the first person to cook a meal in space. In 2008, aboard the International Space Station, she whipped up a tasty meal of grilled tuna by cooking ingredients in foil packets and then heating them in a food warmer.
Space Food Facts
It seems fast food is available everywhere, even in space. In 2001, Pizza Hut sent a vacuum-sealed pizza to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.