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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-17-2007 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How the sausage is made... for space (or not)

Sara Lee Food & Beverage, which brands include Hillshire Farm and Jimmy Dean, put out a short press release on August 17 announcing that their Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage Patties were onboard Endeavor [sic], marking the breakfast meat's first trip to orbit.

Astronauts Wake Up to Out of This World Breakfast

Jimmy Dean Soars Into Orbit for Its First-Ever Shuttle Mission Aboard Endeavor

Jimmy Dean, America's favorite choice for breakfast foods, is helping NASA astronauts start their days of spacewalks and exploration with a Happy Breakfast. On board a space shuttle for the first time, Jimmy Dean sausage patties are available to the seven Endeavor crew members during their 14-day mission.

Prior to lifting off for the International Space Station, Jimmy Dean, synonymous with breakfast for more than 40 years, received a request to send the crew of Endeavor up in space with Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage Patties for their out of this world menu.

"We believe that no matter where you are, whether on earth or among the stars, every great day should begin with a Happy Breakfast," said Philippe Schaillee, vice president of breakfast and snacking for Sara Lee Food & Beverage. "It truly is an honor to know that America's brightest and bravest astronauts may enjoy Jimmy Dean sausage on board Endeavor during this mission. We are proud to provide them with a hearty, traditional breakfast that is a slice of life on earth even while light-years away from home."

Indeed, according to the STS-118 crew's menus, five out of the seven astronauts requested at least one "sausage pattie" for their breakfast (spacewalkers Rick Mastraccio and Dave Williams passed on the patties).

But sausage patties are not new to the space pantry and have been available on previous flights. Jimmy Dean, as "America's favorite choice for breakfast foods" however should be making for a "Happy Breakfast" for most of Endeavour's crew.

Or is it? According to Dr. Michele Perchonok, NASA's manager of the Space Food Systems Laboratory in Houston, Texas, in response to a query by collectSPACE, Jimmy Dean sausage patties are not on-board. They are slated to fly on the next mission, STS-120 on shuttle Discovery, but it's a different, unidentified, "military brand" of pattie currently being enjoyed by STS-118 commander Kelly and his crew.

As the mission's teacher-turned-astronaut, Barbara Morgan might suggest to Sara Lee's marketing staff, always double check your work.

Rob Joyner
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posted 08-17-2007 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the mission's teacher-turned-astronaut, Barbara Morgan might suggest to Sara Lee's marketing staff, always double check your work.
...which should include checking the proper spelling of the orbiter used to boost their sales...

Can't wait to see their ad campaign for the next shuttle flight in October.

Rodina
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posted 08-17-2007 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...the mystery of the morning meat.

ejectr
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posted 08-17-2007 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How does one get that large round patti through that small hole?

Jay Chladek
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posted 08-17-2007 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I seem to recall an episode of Red Dwarf where Holly tells Lister (as an April Fools joke) that his moldy sausages that he left out 3 million years earlier now covered two-thirds of the Earth's surface. I could picture this thing becoming the subject of some comedy horror movie now.

Lunar rock nut
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posted 08-17-2007 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope they have an ample supply of alka seltzer or tums. Every time I eat pattied sausage four hours later the heartburn begins.

stsmithva
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posted 08-18-2007 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering about something along those lines myself. I remember reading about how food for astronauts is carefully selected to be very easy to digest- nausea and gas being things to avoid when sealed in for a week in zero-G. Sausages? I don't have trouble with them, but a know lots of people do. Seems like asking for trouble.

By the way, in preparation for this post I did a Google search on "astronauts food" and got a NASA page that included this sentence: "Items in the fresh food locker have to be consumed early in flight to avoid offgasing." I thought for a second that this was official NASA terminology for what can happen to you if you eat sausages, but it means something else.

Lunar rock nut
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posted 08-18-2007 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outgassing sometimes referred to as offgassing is detailed in Wikipedia.

AstronautBrian
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posted 08-18-2007 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...but it's a different, unidentified, "military brand" of pattie currently being enjoyed by STS-118 commander Kelly and his crew.
If it is anything like the "military brand" sausage I've tasted, it's enough to gag a buzzard. What are they thinking?

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