Apollo Banana Pudding Space Food Packet

Apollo Banana Pudding Space Food Packet

This is an original Apollo 8-17-era banana pudding space food packet bearing all original labels and two blue velcro squares.

Archive Id APM-BP-SF

DESCRIPTION

This original Apollo 8 to 17-era space food packet contains banana pudding that when hydrated would have been consumed by the Apollo astronauts had it flown aboard one of the missions. The original label bears the name of the food contents, as well as the WSD (Whirlpool Space Division) stamp with a stamped ID number reading "8320".

On the reverse is a label that reads "Serial No: FAN 437" and two blue velcro squares. Velcro was used on all food packets, tools, and even checklists within the spacecraft so that they could be stuck down as to not float away while the astronaut wasn't looking.

Throughout the Apollo Program, there were three colours of velcro used on space food and drink; red, white, and blue, the colours of the American flag. Red was intended for the Mission Commander, white for the Command Module Pilot, and blue for the Lunar Module Pilot. Therefore this packet would have been intended for the Lunar Module Pilot.

Authentication Information:

This space food packet is guaranteed to be Apollo 8 to 17-era. Indicators of this being Apollo 8 to 17-era are the fact that the germicide tablet on the inner food packets is internal, a feature not implemented until Apollo 8, temperature is referenced on the space food packet, and that the pack itself bears blue velcro squares. Unlike Gemini, Apollo had access to hot and cold water, therefore any reference to water temperature places this in Apollo. Additionally, Project Gemini only used white velcro on the meal packs, whereas during the Apollo Program three colours were used; red, white, and blue, the colours of the American flag. These factors combined prove that this was manufactured during the Apollo 8 to 17-era.

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