Lecture: The History of Space Food


Dr. Charles Bourland will be in conversation with Eric Ward, Vice President for Public Programs, about the history of space food.

Dr. Bourland began work at the NASA in 1969 after receiving his PhD in food science and nutrition from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He was involved in food development for Project Apollo, where he was responsible for astronaut food aboard the recovery ships for Apollos 12 and 13 and Skylab II. He later helped to develop food and packages for Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab, Shuttle, Shuttle/Mir, and the International Space Station.

In 2000, Dr. Bourland received the Silver Snoopy Award, presented by astronauts for outstanding performance that contributes to flight safety and mission success. In 2003, he was honored with a Faculty Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. Dr. Bourland is the co-author of a book on the history of space food, The Astronaut’s Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More, that also includes recipes so that you can make at home what the astronauts eat in space.

About Second Saturdays

Second Saturday Conversations feature interesting sci-tech and engineering speakers and topics in an informal setting. The programs are held in the Auditorium or Main Reading Room from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Free admission and parking. Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required (RSVPing to this event is not sufficient). Tickets can be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-saturday-conversation-the-history-of-space-food-tickets-62327441054

This event is hosted by the Linda Hall Library. Further details may be found at https://www.lindahall.org/event/second-saturday-conversation-the-history-of-space-food/

The actual start time for this lecture is 11 AM, but I've set the event start time as 10:30 to give us a chance to meet up beforehand and sit together.

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