NASA produced a variety of freeze-dried foods for astronaut consumption throughout the Apollo Missions. The process of freeze-drying is fairly simple: Food is brought to an extremely low temperature in a vacuum, vaporizing water molecules in the food and leaving it completely dehydrated and preserved. In 1975, American Outdoors Products, Inc. created Astronaut Foods, after being approached by a NASA gift shop asking them to replicate the freeze-dried ice cream that astronauts consumed in space. In the early days, they would freeze huge tubs of ice cream all at once, then a team of workers would break it up with ice picks and package these portions of it for sale. Since then, Astronaut Foods has become a novelty staple in gift shops and museums around the globe, providing a variety of tasty freeze-dried treats including cheese, ice cream, and fruit. Along with providing fun and unique snacks, American Outdoors Products Inc. is dedicated to advancing space research. They donate a portion of their profits to organizations that pioneer education, technology, research, and space exploration. “Our foods are fun, and our mission is serious: We’re dedicated to supporting people and organizations whose goal it is to push the boundaries of space exploration and discovery.” —Astronaut Foods.
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