Armstrong and Aldrin- Meal of a Lifetime

As I mentioned previously, Dad Collected Stuff, so in honor of the anniversary of the first moon landing this week, I decided to take a peek at his newspapers from that week. Some of the articles and photos are well-known, such as the liftoff

Moon- Liftoff

Photo of Buzz Aldrin, taken by Neil Armstrong, as he climbed down the steps of the lunar module onto the surface of the moon,

Moon- Climbing Down

And the most famous—Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon as the reflection of the American flag and Armstrong are seen in his helmet.

Moon Walk

How many people know what type of culinary delights awaited those first two moon walkers on their spacecraft? Thanks to one of Dad’s newspapers, I am going to share my discovery.

According the article from the New York Daily News on July 18, 1969, the food for this historic mission was much more sophisticated than previous space flights. I don’t think that The News space team, who sampled the same meal to be eaten by Armstrong and Aldrin, agreed, particularly at a cost of $200.

The first moon meal consisted of bacon squares, peaches shaped like a bar of soap, sugar cookie cubes, and pineapple-grapefruit drink. The meals needed be mixed with water, using a water pistol to supply hot or cold water. Yum yum??

I guess that was the price to pay for the awesome privilege of being the first to land on the moon.

Moon- Space Food

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About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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4 Responses to Armstrong and Aldrin- Meal of a Lifetime

  1. This sounds like modern cuisine at a high end concept London restaurant that they would probably charge you a fortune for 🙂

  2. Arlene says:

    Wait, wait, wait: no mention of Moon Day?!

  3. Pingback: What’s In That Bag | Do Svidanya Dad

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