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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-26-2006 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cadbury Adams release
When the Space Shuttle Discovery launches this week on its mission to the International Space Station, NASA astronauts can once again take comfort knowing that Trident sugarless gum will be along for the ride.

"In the fast-paced environment of a space mission, you tend to reach for something that delivers great flavor on the go," said Dr. Thomas Jones, a former NASA astronaut who flew four shuttle missions and has written a new book about his experiences -- "Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir." "Whether working on the shuttle or inside the Space Station, Trident was always there, floating right inside my 'velcroed' pocket."

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle program, and the makers of Trident say they're proud to have been part of Shuttle missions for each of those 25 years. The Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch on Saturday, July 1.

"Cadbury Adams is proud to supply three classic Trident flavors -- Original, Cinnamon and Spearmint -- for the crew on board this historic 25th anniversary mission," said Brad Irwin, president of Cadbury Adams USA LLC. "We hear that astronauts like Tom Jones chew Trident for the same reasons all of us earth-bound gum-chewers do -- because it keeps our mouths clean and fresh, it tastes great and, as always, it's sugar-free. It's only appropriate that Trident has such a wonderful relationship with the Space Shuttle. After all, Trident was the first gum in space!"

Trident sugarless gum will forever be linked to the early days of America's space program, as it traveled with the Gemini astronauts in 1964. According to NASA, Trident has been placed in the Space Shuttle "pantry" -- along with other popular snacks requested by crew members on Shuttle missions -- since the Space Shuttle program got off the ground in 1981. Astronauts at times will turn to Trident while in flight to help them clean their teeth between meals.

"America's space program is all about innovation, and we try to bring that same approach to chewing gum," said Jesse Keifer, a 'gumologist' and Director of Cadbury Schweppes' Science and Technology Gum Center of Excellence. "We are working to develop great new flavors and new benefits. That commitment to innovation has resulted in products like Trident White, which whitens your teeth, and Trident Splash(TM), the first center-filled pellet gum which delivers a surprising splash of flavor. Perhaps these new Trident products will be along for the ride when Americans travel to Mars!"

John K. Rochester
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posted 06-26-2006 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After all, Trident was the first gum in space!
Did they check with the Russians on this? Yuri, Gherman, Valentina may have been chewing "Orbitski" way back then!

Hawkman
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posted 06-26-2006 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkman   Click Here to Email Hawkman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Should be easy to find right next to the Tang.

ejectr
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posted 06-27-2006 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor, in outer space overnight...

Hawkman
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posted 06-28-2006 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkman   Click Here to Email Hawkman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ejectr:
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor, in outer space overnight...
I wonder how many folks get that reference.

Ben
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posted 06-28-2006 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about, "on the orbiting outpost, overnight?" :-)

ejectr
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posted 06-28-2006 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering how many would...

kyra
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posted 06-29-2006 07:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why would it lose its flavor?

I heard about space diminishing the taste sense a little, but why overnight?

ejectr
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posted 06-29-2006 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's an old gag song from the 1960's called "Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bed post over night". The refrain goes like this:
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bed post over night?

If your mother says don't chew it, do you swallow it in spite,

Can you catch it on your tonsil, and heave it left and right,

Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bed post over night?

FFrench
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posted 06-29-2006 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkman:
I wonder how many folks get that reference.

Let's hope they do. The singer, Lonnie Donegan, was responsible for the skiffle craze in music of the mid 1950s, meaning a whole lot of British teenagers put together bands... skiffle meant you didn't even need to purchase professional instruments. Probably most importantly, John Lennon, Paul McCartney (and Pete Townsend of The Who) started to play music directly because of Donegan. It's not an overstatement to say that, without Donegan, there would have been no Beatles.

FFrench
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posted 06-29-2006 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ejectr:
It's an old gag song from the 1960's

'50s, actually...

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posted 08-26-2006 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FutureAstronaut   Click Here to Email FutureAstronaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is STS-115 carrying it too?

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