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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

November 7, 2003
Media Invited for 'Taste' of Space
How do you prepare a tasty Thanksgiving meal that has to be packaged months in advance, sent to Russia for shipping, requires no refrigeration, and must be eaten without creating crumbs?

Enter Vickie Kloeris, Subsystem Manager for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station Space Food Systems. Kloeris leads the team that plans and prepares the meals for the U.S. astronaut corps, including the two people living aboard the Space Station and spending this holiday season orbiting 240 miles overhead.

Media are invited for a special behind-the-scenes opportunity at the Johnson Space Center in Houston on Wednesday, November 19, to see and experience the Space Food Systems Laboratory where "space food" is developed, packaged, tested and tasted.

Participants will:

  • Taste a space food meal
  • Tour the food lab kitchen where space meals are prepared, packaged and tested
  • Interview top "chef" and food scientist Kloeris and others involved in planning and preparation of U.S. space food, including astronauts
  • Prepare Space food using a shuttle galley mock-up
An update on the International Space Station Program will be available and individual interview requests will be accommodated.

Media planning to attend must fax a request for press accreditation to the JSC Newsroom at 281/483-2000 before 6 p.m. EST Nov. 14.

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