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We’ve all seen it, right? The “freeze-dried” packets of astronaut food sold in museum gift shops or novelty stores. From banana to ice cream flavors, we marvel at the taste and texture of what the astronauts ate. Or did they?
Probably not, no.
That’s the conclusion drawn from an entertaining video by Vox's Phil Edwards. Searching through historic NASA transcripts, they found only one mention of ice cream ever actually being used on a space mission – Apollo 7 in 1968. But astronaut Walt Cunningham, the only surviving member of that crew, said he’d never eaten it.
The ice cream is notorious for being crumbly, something that would make it disastrous for space missions, as crumbs can float around and damage instruments. Thus, it’s pretty unlikely it was ever taken to space. “I think it’s very likely it never flew, ” Jennifer Levasseur, museum curator at the National Air and Space Museum, told Vox.
An interview with NASA food scientist Vickie Kloeris back in 2005 suggests that astronaut ice cream was actually produced, at the behest of Apollo astronauts, but it “wasn’t that popular; most of the crew really didn’t like it, so it isn’t used anymore.”
What’s more, while it’s highly unlikely to have flown on historic missions, it’s even more unlikely to be used in the modern day. That’s because astronauts now have real food in space including, yes, actual ice cream. Who wants a crumbly, chalky, bad-tasting alternative?
So, sorry folks. Astronaut ice cream as you know it probably only exists in the gift shop on the International Space Station.flights to ecuador flights to pensacola florida flights and hotels allegiant flights to florida flights to wilmington nc flights to england flights from dallas to denver flights restaurant las vegas flights from philadelphia to tampa delta airline flights flights to emirates flights from atlanta to new york flights from detroit to orlando flights to west palm beach cheapoair flights tickets cheap flights to new orleans google cheap flights austin texas flights cheap flights to myrtle beach flights to newyork flights to peru google flights explore cheap flights deals flights from tijuana to cancun cheapest flights from pdx flights to milwaukee flights from atlanta to los angeles flights to antigua flights to jackson hole flights to switzerland atlanta to tampa flights flights from philadelphia to orlando india flights flights from seattle to san diego flights to reno flights from dallas to orlando www google flights flights to miami from nyc cheap flights from denver flights to guadalajara from tijuana flights to louisiana flights to alabama san diego flights flights to rome flights to disney world military discount flights buffalo ny flights flights from lax to miami flights from miami to houston kentucky flights flights to toronto are flights to florida being cancelled today 2021 plane flights flights from cleveland to orlando flights to lake tahoe southwest flights to vegas www travelocity com flights flights cheap flights to guam florida cheap flights southwest airlines cheap flights