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The Space Diet: Authentic Astronaut Food Goes on Sale in Moscow

© Sputnik / Sergey Pyatakov / Go to the photo bankFood for cosmonauts
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The All-Russian Exhibition Center, the famous general trade exhibition center in Moscow, commonly referred as VDNKh, will begin to sell authentic cosmonaut food packed into toothpaste-style tubes, starting Friday.

Visitors of All-Russian Exhibition Center (VDNKh) will have a chance to try a full-course cosmonaut menu, including four kinds of soups, various meat dishes and a variety of deserts. According to organizers, there will be 11 variations of tubes, each tasting like a different kind of food.

© Sputnik / L. Nosov / Go to the photo bankFlight food for the "Salyut" orbiting station crew. The museum of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City.
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Flight food for the "Salyut" orbiting station crew. The museum of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City.
© Sputnik / Sergey Pyatakov / Go to the photo bankSamples of foods eaten by cosmonauts during their mission on the Mir space station. Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City), Moscow Region.
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Samples of foods eaten by cosmonauts during their mission on the Mir space station. Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City), Moscow Region.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Bogatyrev / Go to the photo bankPackaged food used by Soviet cosmonauts. The Space Pavilion, VDNKh of the USSR.
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Packaged food used by Soviet cosmonauts. The Space Pavilion, VDNKh of the USSR.
© Sputnik / Sergey Pyatakov / Go to the photo bankSamples of foods eaten by cosmonauts during their mission on the Mir space station. Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City), Moscow Region.
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Samples of foods eaten by cosmonauts during their mission on the Mir space station. Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City), Moscow Region.
© Sputnik / Go to the photo bankProvision of foodstuffs for Soyuz-9 spacecraft crew.
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Provision of foodstuffs for Soyuz-9 spacecraft crew.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankPackage of space food on display in the showroom of academician G.I. Severin "Zvezda" Scientific-Production Enterprise.
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Package of space food on display in the showroom of academician G.I. Severin "Zvezda" Scientific-Production Enterprise.
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Flight food for the "Salyut" orbiting station crew. The museum of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City.
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Samples of foods eaten by cosmonauts during their mission on the Mir space station. Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City), Moscow Region.
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Packaged food used by Soviet cosmonauts. The Space Pavilion, VDNKh of the USSR.
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Samples of foods eaten by cosmonauts during their mission on the Mir space station. Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City), Moscow Region.
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Provision of foodstuffs for Soyuz-9 spacecraft crew.
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Package of space food on display in the showroom of academician G.I. Severin "Zvezda" Scientific-Production Enterprise.

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Each tube is 115 grams and cost 300 rubles (around $4.5). The tubes are made in one of Moscow’s factories, using the same technology as tubes used by astronauts in space. Producers do not use any genetically-modified (GM) products and assure that food in the tubes is made from natural ingredients only.

The tubes will be sold in a special vending machine.

Food in tubes gained popularity after World War II and was first used by military pilots during long flights. Pilots started using tubes that allowed them to eat without having to remove the oxygen mask. When Yuri Gagarin went to outer space in 1961, food in tubes became the logical choice to feed cosmonauts.

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