Corned Beeeef in Spaaaaaace

Thank you to my sister Mara for the alert. Today marks the anniversary of a pivotal event – the first sandwich to travel into outer space.

Yes, 50 Years Ago Today , aboard the Gemini 3, a contraband corned beef burst out of our atmosphere and into space.

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The sandwich was corned beef on rye, and it was already two days old when Young whipped it out of his flight suit and took a bite of it two hours into the Gemini 3 mission.

“Where did that come from?” Gus Grissom, the mission’s commander, asked his crewmate.

“I brought it with me,” Young replied, somewhat matter of factly. “Let’s see how it tastes. Smells, doesn’t it?”

So the first and hopefully last smuggled space sandwich wasn’t even good,

 

although better than no sandwich at all.

 

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