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In the Operations and Checkout Building stows packages of food the STS-121 crew will eat on the mission.

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In the Operations and Checkout Building, Michele Perchonok stows packages of food that the STS-121 crew will eat on the 12-day mission. Perchonok is a NASA Subsystem manager for Shuttle Food Systems from Johnson Space Center. Astronauts select their own menus from a large array of food items. Astronauts are supplied with three balanced meals, plus snacks. Diets are designed to supply each astronaut with 100 percent of the daily value of vitamins and minerals necessary for the environment of space. Foods flown on space missions are researched and developed at the Space Food Systems Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, which is staffed by food scientists, dietitians and engineers. Foods are analyzed through nutritional analysis, sensory evaluation, storage studies, packaging evaluations and many other methods. Each astronaut’s food is stored aboard the space shuttle and is identified by a colored dot affixed to each package. A supplementary food supply (pantry) consisting of two extra days per person is stowed aboard the space shuttle for each flight. Pantry items are flown in addition to the menu in case the flight is unexpectedly extended because of bad weather at the landing site or for some other unforeseen reason. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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  • Title: In the Operations and Checkout Building stows packages of food the STS-121 crew will eat on the mission.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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