Saturday, 28 June 2008

Food for thought.

I had an opportunity to purchase this Apollo Water Dispenser some 10 years ago from ebay. But a moments delay meant I lost out to a fellow UK collector. I finally became acquainted with this beautifully machined artifact in the summer of 2012. This type of water dispenser was used on Apollo 7, 8 and 9 before being replaced with a smaller lighter model for Apollo 10 and all subsequent Apollo missions.

The accompanying photo depicts Johnson Space Center food technologist Rita Rapp holding such a water dispenser. Rita played a pivotal roll in the development of food sciences during the Apollo era .

An Apollo food press package with a limited distribution that was gifted to selected media covering the first lunar landing.

A representative collection of food packages from the pioneering Mercury food cubes through to the latest shuttle and International Space Station beverage package.

I have been fortunate over the years to work closely with the Space Lectures team.  A group of space nerds intent on bringing inspirational astronaut speakers to the UK. That has afforded me an opportunity to get some interesting pieces signed including these unflown shuttle and ISS food packages.

Scott Kelly is not at all keen on the Lemon Curd cake. From all accounts it is pretty disgusting.

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