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26 February 2024

Beef pot roast from NASA Apollo mission on auction block

Auction is auctioning off a pouch of beef pot roast from NASA's Apollo lunar program. (AGENCY)

By Agency

The highest bidder will have the chance to own "moon food" as a pouch of beef pot roast from NASA's Apollo lunar program goes on the auction block.

RR Auction is auctioning off the pouch as part of its online space auction. The item is a sealed pouch of freeze-dried beef pot roast complete with heating instructions, "3 oz. hot water. 5-10 minutes."

Such food was prepared by adding cold or warm water. Astronauts would squeeze it into their mouths through a flat tube stored in the package, which NASA claimed kept its "nutritional and taste qualities."

As of Tuesday evening the highest bid was $520. The auction goes through Jan. 20.

MSN blog Good Food warns that this item may not be so good food. NASA's biomedical report stated so much with concerns such as inflight food consumption was "inadequate to maintain nutritional balance and body weight." The report also stated that "inflight nausea, anorexia, and undesirable physiological responses experienced by some crewmen were believed to be partly attributable to the foods."

The Space Autograph & Artifact Auction also includes a giant Apollo Command Module heat shield section.

There are signatures from astronauts who went aboard various space flights. The headset that sent and received the first transmission from the Moon during the Apollo 11 Moon landing is among the available items.

Perhaps another of the more odd items are six uncanceled personal checks written out to Cape Kennedy Medals from the astronauts aboard the Challenger crew aboard the space shuttle that blew up shortly after launch on Jan. 28, 1986.

The checks are being sold as a lot and, as of Tuesday evening, the highest bid was $3,384.

RR Auction claims all items are authenticated as being real.