Astronaut "space food" that flew to the moonApollo 17 Flown "Beef Pot Roast" Space Food Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Gene Cernan, Signed and Certified, with Signed COA. A sealed flexible pouch, 6" x 6.5" x 0.625" overall, with a label on one side: "BEEF POT ROAST/ 3 oz. hot water/ 5-10 minutes/ 1334". Cernan has boldly signed in black felt tip: "Flown to Moon/ Gene Cernan/ Apollo XVII". On the verso is a label reading "Serial No./ FAZ107". The spoon bowl was a great step forward in the evolution of dining during spaceflight. First used on Apollo 10, it allowed water to be introduced through a valve, hydrating the enclosed food. The astronaut would knead the package to mix the water in (per instructions), and then open the top and eat with a standard spoon. This allowed chunks of meat and vegetables to be consumed instead of just pastes and powders. These are quite rare as most are held in institutions or private collections; don't miss this opportunity. Fine.
Included with this lot is a Cernan-signed Certificate of Authenticity from Novaspace stating, in full: "I certify that this packet of beef pot roast is from my own collection of 'leftovers' that flew to the moon on Apollo 17. This space food has been stored in a museum and recently gathered and presented to Novaspace Galleries for dispersal to collectors of artifacts from the great 'space race' and the golden age of space exploration." Also included with the lot is an 8.5" x 11" color photo of Cernan eating from a similar packet on Apollo 17, perfect for display with this artifact.
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