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spacehiker
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posted 12-29-2012 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacehiker   Click Here to Email spacehiker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be grateful if anyone could shed any light on this Apollo food warmer tray (?) along with what appear to be unflown Apollo era astronaut food. These items are outside my collecting sphere!

They were obtained from the estate of an ex-NASA employee from the 1960's/70's. His children indicated they believed this was a prototype food warming tray for the Apollo program.

Along with the tray came the following astronaut food: a tin of cream of tomato soup (opened) along with what appears to be the tomato soup itself in a plastic container, an opened and empty tin, an unopened tin of Catsup and a plastic orange drink bottle.

streetsnake
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posted 12-29-2012 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetsnake   Click Here to Email streetsnake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We'll let the experts weigh in but I would say the warmer tray is Skylab era. I have a "stack canister" that would have been used for the "tuna-cans".

Also the OJ piece is nice. I have a lot of food related items from Apollo to shuttle era but I don't have the OJ "squeeze bottle" That would be Skylab and later I believe, but again I am not an expert, just learning as I go.

The Apollo era drinks would have been in dehydrated pouches. If interested I can send you a photo of one.

Good luck on the research, it is the best part.

spacehiker
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posted 12-30-2012 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacehiker   Click Here to Email spacehiker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the input Ben. Does anyone else have any ideas?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 12-30-2012 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would agree that the food tray appears to be a prototype Skylab device. The drinks bottles and some cans were used on Apollo; if my memory serves me right I recall seeing cans used on Apollo 11 and the concertina juice drinks circa Apollo 15 onwards but don't quote me on that.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 12-30-2012 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone find it odd that the warmer tray has a wood grain (Walnut?) finish?

SpaceAholic
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posted 12-30-2012 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Concur... tray is prototype (not the "as flown") configuration.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-30-2012 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For comparison, here is the Skylab food tray:

spacehiker
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posted 01-02-2013 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacehiker   Click Here to Email spacehiker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the input.

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