For today’s (bacon) history lesson, we add two important historical figures to a long list of bacon lovers: Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.
According to a Popular Science blog, Armstrong and Aldrin celebrated their moon walk with a meal of bacon, or rather bacon cubes.
“[B]acon cubes were among the meals stored in the lunar module. And it worked out that meal A, the first scheduled meal to be eaten on the Moon, consisted of bacon squares, peaches, sugar cookie cubes, pineapple grapefruit drink and coffee. They ate history’s first meal on Moon slightly ahead of schedule after landing at the Sea of Tranquility,” blogger Amy Shira Teitel wrote.
This wasn’t even the first time for bacon to make it through the atmosphere.
Walt Cunningham commented to Capcom Bill Pogue during breakfast aboard the first manned Apollo mission, Apollo 7, that “happiness is a package of bacon squares on day 10.”
The next mission, Apollo 8, had bacon as a staple in every breakfast and was loved by the flight crew. The trend continue through much of the Apollo missions.