The Sandwich That Went To Space (Illegally)

In 1965, astronaut John Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich into space. The sandwich had been purchased by another astronaut (and known prankster) Wally Schirra, who gave it to Young before the mission. Because crumbs could potentially become wedged in equipment or float into someone's eye, bread was forbidden on the spacecraft. Young's breach of the rules bought NASA a stern reprimanding from Congress. One representative said, "My thought is that ... to have one of the astronauts slip a sandwich aboard the vehicle, frankly, is just a little bit disgusting."

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In 1965, John Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard his Gemini mission. 00:23

  2. 400 years after the founding of Jamestown, a metal cargo tag from the settlement was taken to the ISS. 01:31

  3. Theoretically, you could hit a golfball as far as 4 km (2.5 mi) on the moon. 02:57

Written by Curiosity Staff June 19, 2015

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