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This was a typical entree aboard moon missions. A freeze-dried meal block would be reconstituted with a hot or cold water gun through the valve at lower right, then after a prescribed time, voila! An astronaut opened the double ziplocks and spooned the food out. The white velcro square indicates this was meant for Command Module Pilot Ron Evans.
Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Gene Cernan, Signed and Certified, with Signed COA. A sealed flexible pouch, 6" x 6.5" x 0.625" overall, with a label on one side: "BEEF POT ROAST/ 3 oz. hot water/ 5-10 minutes/ 1334". Cernan has boldly signed in black felt tip: "Flown to Moon/ Gene Cernan/ Apollo XVII". On the reverse is a label reading "Serial No./ FAZ107".
The spoon bowl was a great step forward in the evolution of dining during spaceflight. First used on Apollo 10, it allowed water to be introduced through a valve, hydrating the enclosed food. The astronaut would knead the package to mix the water in (per instructions), and then open the top and eat with a standard spoon. This allowed chunks of meat and vegetables to be consumed instead of just pastes and powders. These are quite rare as most are held in institutions like the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC.
Included with this lot is a Cernan-signed Certificate of Authenticity from Novaspace stating, in full: "I certify that this packet of beef pot roast is from my own collection of 'leftovers' that flew to the moon on Apollo 17. This space food has been stored in a museum and recently gathered and presented to Novaspace Galleries for dispersal to collectors of artifacts from the great 'space race' and the golden age of space exploration."