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Comment: I have a question about something my mom asked me today. Was the
first meal eaten on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts turkey with all
the fixings? I managed to find several sources on the internet that had
this information, but nothign to confirm it. The other informaiton I found
indicated that the first meal eaten by the astronauts was bacon squares,
peach cereal squares, coffee, grapefruit juice and the like. It seemed
that turkey was a meal option, but not the first meal.

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Although it doesn't specifically say 'on the moon', the following NASA article has one paragraph that states:

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During Apollo 11, the astronauts ate two meals. Meal A was bacon squares, peaches, sugar cookie cubes, coffee, and pineapple-grapefruit drink. Meal B included beef stew, cream of chicken soup, date fruitcake, grape punch, and orange drink.
At any rate, the meals on Apollo were mostly dehydrated food-stuff in plastic tubes that were reconstituted with water prior to injesting. I'm not sure, but I don't think either the command or service modules had any way of heating the food (or the water), so a 'turkey dinner with all the fixin's ' on Apollo wouldn't likely have been the way we'd envision it here.

In the post-flight debriefing of Apollo 8 (parts of which can be heard on the spacecraft films documentary of that flight) Frank Boreman and crew generally had not much nice to say about the food. The one exception was a Christmas day broadcast where Jim Lovell described the meal that 'Santy Claus' brought them as 'outstanding'. I think that was a turkey dinner though I'd have to listen to the recording again because I can't remember if he said 'TV' or 'turkey'.

I don't think much changed between December 1968 (Apollo 8) and July 1969 (Apollo 11) with regards to the food preparation.

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quote:
Originally posted by Psihala:
At any rate, the meals on Apollo were mostly dehydrated food-stuff in plastic tubes that were reconstituted with water prior to injesting. I'm not sure, but I don't think either the command or service modules had any way of heating the food (or the water), so a 'turkey dinner with all the fixin's ' on Apollo wouldn't likely have been the way we'd envision it here.

Great discussion. I just wanted to point out that they did have a way of heating the food on Apollo: hot water! This apparently was not available on previous missions. I didn't read this link yet but it may be helpful:

http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/academy/astronauts/food-history.html

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I wonder if any of the astronauts snuck a bag of ruffles onboard [lol]

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I can’t tell you what the first meal the astronauts had on the moon was, but I can tell you the first thing that was eaten on the lunar surface: communion wafer. Buzz Aldrin had taken with him a small flask of wine, some communion wafer and a chalice, and took holy communion by himself in the period between the landing and Armstrong stepping onto the surface.

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quote:
Originally posted by Psihala:
In the post-flight debriefing of Apollo 8 (parts of which can be heard on the spacecraft films documentary of that flight) Frank Boreman and crew generally had not much nice to say about the food. The one exception was a Christmas day broadcast where Jim Lovell described the meal that 'Santy Claus' brought them as 'outstanding'. I think that was a turkey dinner though I'd have to listen to the recording again because I can't remember if he said 'TV' or 'turkey'.

Just found this in A Man On The Moon by Andrew Chaikin:
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Around midafternoon, the men gave a televised tour of their home away from home. While Anders demonstrated how to prepare a freeze-dried meal in space, Borman told Mike Collins in Houston, “I hope you all had better Christmas dinners than us.” But Borman spoke too soon. When the TV show was over, they discovered a surprise waiting for them in Apollo 8’s food locker, wrapped in foil and tied with red and green ribbons: real turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce. This was a so-called wetpack meal developed by the military, one of the innovations Borman had fought to keep off the flight. It was also by far the best meal of the voyage. And there was another surprise, courtesy of Father Slayton: three tiny bottles of brandy.
I think this is most likely the (cranberry) source of the OP.

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I know that this thread is a little old, but for anyone searching, this quiz page on nasa.gov seems to have their answer. America's Journey to the Moon Question 6
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First meal eaten on the moon
Apollo 11 in 1969: The meal consisted of four bacon squares, three sugar cookies, peaches, pineapple-grapefruit drink and coffee


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