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    Ax-3, a four-astronaut mission leaving the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Crew Dragon “Freedom” from SpaceX, made a special call-out in the minutes after undocking at 9:20 a.m. EST (1320 GMT) earlier today (Feb. 7), on their way to returning to Earth two days later.

    For meal items, the company typically uses a food scientist to take “various commercial off-the-shelf food products” that will fare well in a floating environment with limited galley space, like “nutrition bars, candies, snacks and shelf-stable entrées”, Axiom officials wrote in 2023.

    Cubes of peanuts are listed in the typical Gemini program menu, in the 1967 book “Lectures in Aerospace Medicine.”

    And it appears that varieties of these cubes also flew to the moon with the Apollo 11 landing crew in 1969, per this picture from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

    NASA space food specialist Paul Lachance spoke about these astronaut-friendly peanut cubes in a 1966 television program for the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, as Gemini was giving way to Apollo.

    The easiest varieties of travel food back then were powders or puddings, Lachance said in an oral history for NASA in 1996.


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