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By Culturekiosque Staff

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, 22 APRIL 2015 — A collection of 15 packages of Russian space food will be auctioned on Thursday 23 April 2015 by Boston, MA-based RR Auction. Online bidding runs now through Thursday, 23 April at 7:00 pm Eastern Time.

The Cosmonaut cuisine includes: dinner bread, crackers, toffee, ginger cookies, caramel, marmalade, cookies, prunes, apple-cherry juice, ketchup, Earl Grey tea, green tea, coffee, strawberry tea, and oatmeal with wild berries.

Collection of 15 Soviet Space Food Packages (pre-auction estimate. $700 - $850)

Male cosmonauts are recommended to consume 3,200 calories per day, while recommended consumption for a female is 2,800 calories.

The specially prepared dried and vacuum-packed Russian foods have largely alleviated concerns of creating nutritious yet compact foods to be sent into space. The food resultant from the manufacturing process retains its natural characteristics including as proteins, fats, carbohydrates and vitamins.

"One of the interesting facts behind the Russian food products for cosmonauts is the absence of any stabilizers or preservatives, using only natural ingredients," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Additional food related Items in the Space Exploration Sale:

Apollo 9 Cocoa & Survival Food Packet

Flown accordion-style bottle of cocoa powder carried on Apollo 9 mission, the first flight of the Command/Service Module with the Lunar Module.

Lot #148: Apollo 9 Cocoa & Survival Food Packet

The container measures approximately 2.5″ in diameter and 3.5″ tall, with  labels affixed at the top reading, "Cocoa, 6 oz. hot water, 5-10 minutes" and "Serial No. FBK 450."

A blue Velcro swatch is affixed at the bottom. Includes the original North American Rockwell temporary parts removal tag dated July 23, 1969.

Accompanied by a pack of food vacuum-packed in silver foil, with a stained label reading: "Survival Food Packet. This packet contains 2 special food bars. Eat slowly, about 1/2 bar every 3-4 hours."Online bidding for the Space Exploration Auction from RR Auction is scheduled to take place April 16 to April 23.  More details can be found online at

Flown food packs are rarely found with their original excess tags, making this well-documented piece particularly desirable," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Apollo 9 Flown Crew Log Book that includes details of Menu Checklist

Lot #129 - Jim McDivitt’s Apollo 9 Flown Crew Log Book that includes food check list and menu selection (pre-auction estimate: $25, 000 - $40,000)

Among Commander Jim McDivitt notes "Bite size food is crumbly; Water has too much gas."

Extraordinary log book extensively used during the Apollo 9 flight, signed and flight-certified by Commander Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott, and Rusty Schweickart.

The book consists of 100 pages (50 individual sheets), with 34 pages filled out in-flight with detailed observations on the performance of the spacecraft, star sightings, photography notes, water and food intake, and other subjects of interest.

Astronauts Thomas P. Stafford (left) and Donald K. "Deke" Slayton hold containers of Soviet space food in the Soyuz Orbital Module during the joint U.S.-USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project docking in Earth orbit mission. The containers hold borsch (beet soup) over which vodka labels have been pasted. This was the crews' way of toasting each other. AST-03-175  Photo: Courtesy NASA

Dave Scott’s Apollo 15 Lunar Surface-used Scissors

Used during launch, mission operations, and on the surface of the Moon during Apollo 15"

They were located in a pocket strapped onto the leg of Dave Scott’s  spacesuit (Pressure Garment Assembly) at launch and transferred to the leg of his in-flight coverall garment during cabin operations. The scissors could be used for many different contingency operations in the lunar module on the surface, during EVAs, and during orbital operations.

However, the primary use of these scissors on Apollo missions was to open plastic food pouches.

Other high-tech lunar tools and space mission components include:

Lot # 274: An extremely important original Block II Apollo Guidance computer display and keyboard (DSKY) (pre-auction estimate: $40,000-$50,000) Item # 274. 

Lot: # 259: Dave Scott’s Lunar Surface-used Lunar Rover Map (30k-40k) Item # 259. (pre-auction estimate: $30, 0000 - $40,000)

More details can be found online at

Image headline photo: Lot #238 - Edgar Mitchell’s Apollo 14 Lunar Bible Text Fragment

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