DescriptionApollo 13: James Lovell's Unflown Engraved Lunar Module Spoon. This 6.75" long Community Stainless (by Oneida) dinner spoon is engraved on the handle: "JAMES A. LOVELL, JR./ LM-7 CDR" to the right of an engraved NASA logo. With it is its original clear plastic snap-shut pouch with a piece of red Velcro attached (signifying commander). This exact type of spoon was used from Apollo 12 through Skylab III and based on the engraving, this was likely a flight-ready spare. Excellent.
Eating in space made a giant leap forward during the Apollo era as they had the luxury of both cold and hot water. The invention of a device called the "spoon-bowl," first used on Apollo 10, allowed a more normal eating experience of rehydrated food; a plastic zipper was opened and the food was removed with a spoon. The moisture content in the food allowed it to cling to the spoon. Apollo astronauts were thus the first to use eating utensils such as this spoon in flight.
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