What was on the menu for the first meal eaten in space by an American astronaut?
Mashed potatoesApplesaucePureed peasMac and cheese//////
Mashed potatoes 13.5%
· Applesauce 34.5%
It seems like a minor detail, but at the time, it was not certain that it was possible for humans to eat and digest food while in space. It was questionable as to the human body’s ability to ingest and properly absorb nutrients while in a zero-gravity environment. John Glenn consumed the first meal — applesauce packed in a tube — to demonstrate that people could eat, swallow and digest food in the weightless environment of space. The astronauts in the early Mercy space programs experienced no problems in consuming the food but admitted that it didn’t taste very good. Source: AirandSpace.si.edu
· Pureed peas 12.9%
· Mac and cheese 39.1%