The Contraband Corned Beef Sandwich That Went to Space

An astronaut and a corned beef sandwich go up to space. Chaos ensues. Read more below on the most eventful few bites of sandwich ever taken.

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JOHN YOUNG HAD THE LONGEST CAREER OF ANY ASTRONAUT. Young was the ninth person to walk on the moon. Over his 42 years of active service for NASA, he f

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YOUNG'S FIRST SPACE MISSION WAS THE GEMINI 3. In 1965, Young and Gus Grissom flew the spacecraft they nicknamed Molly Brown, after The Unsinkable MollSource:

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THE SANDWICH COULD HAVE HAD SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS. Grissom was quick to stop eating the sandwich as the crumbs in microgravity could have caused milliSource: Smithsonian

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THE SANDWICH CAUSED TROUBLE BACK ON EARTH. When news of the sandwich got to Congress, several members were upset that the official food that was to beSource: NASA

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WE HAVE TAKEN STEPS...TO PREVENT RECURRENCE OF CORNED BEEF SANDWICHES IN FUTURE FLIGHTS. Members of Congress set up an appropriations committee meetSource: Air and Space

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A REPLICAOF THE SANDWICH IS IN A MUSEUM. This cornec beef sandwich. preservec i resin. memorializes the infaryous sancwich incicent ciuring the GemninSource: AV Club

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FROM SPACE TO CONGRESS, IT WAS SURELY THE MOST DRAMATIC FEW BITES OF CORNED BEEF EVER EATEN. Young died in 2018 at age 87. We hope he can forgive us f

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