The first corned beef sandwich to orbit Earth was smuggled aboard Gemini III on March 23, 1965. As contraband unapproved for flight by NASA, pilot John Young had hidden the sandwich in a pocket of his spacesuit shortly before the launch. Around two hours into the almost five-hour long flight, he offered some to the commander of the mission, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, who accepted the rye bread and preserved meat gift. The exchange over the sandwich lasted less than a minute and ended with Grissom putting the unfinished sandwich away in his own spacesuit pocket so the breadcrumbs that were breaking off would be less likely to float behind an instrument panel or into one of the astronaut’s eyes.

The approved food for the flight, meanwhile, was kept in a box next to Grissom.

In this image astronaut John Young, the pilot of the Gemini III mission, inspects his helmet in the ready room in preparation for the launch. It is unknown if the contraband corned beef sandwich was already in one of his spacesuit pockets at the time this photo was taken.

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Contraband Corned Beef and the Early Days of Space Biology: the Gemini III Mission
Image Credit: NASA
Text: James Anderson


1965年3月23日,第一个进入地球轨道的腌牛肉三明治被偷运到双子座III号上。由于违禁品未经NASA批准飞行,飞行员约翰·杨在发射前不久将三明治藏在了宇航服的口袋里。在将近五个小时的飞行中,大约两个小时后,他给了任务指挥官维吉尔·格里森一些,后者接受了黑麦面包和腌肉礼物。关于三明治的交流持续了不到一分钟,最后格里松将未吃完的三明治放在自己的宇航服口袋里,这样脱落的面包屑就不太可能漂浮在仪表板后面或进入宇航员的眼睛。

与此同时,批准的飞行食品放在格里森旁边的一个盒子里。

在这张照片中,宇航员约翰·杨,双子座III号任务的飞行员,在准备发射的房间里检查他的头盔。这张照片拍摄时,偷运的腌牛肉三明治是否已经在他的一个太空服口袋里,目前尚不清楚。

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偷运的腌牛肉和早期的太空生物学:双子座3号任务

影像来源:NASA
文稿来源:Anderson

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