Thermostabilized Brisket & Beans: Recipes for a Meal From the Final Space Shuttle Mission

Thermostabilized Brisket & Beans: Recipes for a Meal From the Final Space Shuttle Mission

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Anjali Prasertong
Jul 19, 2011

As the final space shuttle crew gets ready for its return to Earth, we are naturally wondering: what are the astronauts eating? Luckily, the folks at NASA have not only provided us with a menu for one of their meals, they're also giving out the recipes, so you can try making your own outer space all-American backyard barbecue.

The recipes are from a special "All-American Meal" the crew prepared last week, which included grilled chicken, barbecued beef brisket, baked beans and Southwestern corn. NASA calls the recipes "formulations," and they include ingredient tables and "preparation procedures" rather than instructions.

But don't let the scientific language scare you; the dishes are straightforward American fare. The dry-rubbed brisket sounds particularly tasty, though we're grateful we don't have to eat it in freeze-dried or thermostabilized form, the way the astronauts do.

Read more & download the recipes: Special American Meal Planned for Final Space Shuttle Crew at NASA

Do you think you would be happy on an astronaut's diet?

Related: NASA & Your Food: Farming Lessons from Outer Space

(Image: NASA Images)

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