Astronaut food flown to the moon.Apollo 17 Flown "Peaches" Space Food Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Gene Cernan, with Signed COA. A sealed flexible pouch, 6.5" x 6.5" x 0.75" overall, with a label on one side: "PEACHES/ 3 oz. cold water/ 15-20 minutes/ 1341" as well as a piece of Velcro for attachment to the spacecraft. 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 condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.
Included with this lot is a Cernan-signed Certificate of Authenticity from Novaspace stating, in full: "I certify that this packet of freeze-dried peaches 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."
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