NASA's last shuttle crew invites the public to "virtual dinner"
Chicken, brisket, corn and baked beans are packaged in pouches so that they can be eaten in space.
July 11th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

NASA's last shuttle crew invites the public to "virtual dinner"

NASA has invited the public to share a virtual "All-American Meal" with the Atlantis shuttle crew Thursday.

The four shuttle crew members, and possibly the six International Space Station crew members, will take part. The meal will include grilled chicken, barbecue brisket and baked beans, NASA said.

Earthlings can visit NASA's website to get the recipes, or "formulations" as NASA's food scientists call them, to enjoy the same summer favorites.

"Since the mission is in July, we thought it would be fun to have a typical summer meal often enjoyed in our backyards with friends and family," said Michele Perchonok, NASA food scientist and manager of the shuttle food system.
The crew members will top off the meal with apple pie.

NASA's food scientists serve more than 180 different kinds of food and drink to crew members. The food is freeze-dried or bought commercially and repackaged.

Check out these space recipes, and watch this video about NASA's food lab.

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