Lafayette man shows off Apollo 11 collection

A finalist for NASA's 1980's Teacher in Space program is showing off his collection of Apollo 11 memorabilia.

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 11:04 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2019 11:11 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A finalist for NASA's 1980's Teacher in Space program is showing off his collection of Apollo 11 memorabilia.

Lafayette's Bob Foerster was 1 of 10 finalists, but ultimately was not chosen.

Foerster has since donated most of the collection to Purdue University, Neil Armstrong's Alma Mater.

But, he still has some pretty iconic pieces including a menu of what all three  Apollo 11 astronauts ate while in space.

"NASA released something very special about this mission," said Foerster.

The astronauts on the Apollo 11 were going to have real food.

"They come up with new techniques to store the food and this is a spoon bowl," said Foerster. "l'll show you here in a minute."

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins all chose their own food according to a July 9th, 1969 press release.

"They gave them some nice choices," said Foerster.

Day one's first meal included beef and potatoes, butter scotch pudding, brownies and to wash it all down some grape punch.

The second day's meal was a little different.

"Tomorrow [Wednesday] happens to be National Hot Dog Day and Neil Armstrong had a hot dog for lunch 50 years ago and it was the first hot dog in space," said Foerster.

Bob Foerster's collection includes 16 millimeter color film to watch highlights of the eight-day mission and a commemorative small statue and the spoon bowl.

"They would inject water either cold or hot and mash it up and get the food prepared," said Foerster.

So, Apollo 11 astronauts could enjoy their beef stew or chicken stew.

News 18 asked Foerster what he thought about the food.

"Well I think it sounded a lot better than what the earlier pioneers in space," said Foerster. "Basically just some goop in a tube."

No goop in a tube for Armstrong, Collins or Aldrin.

Day two's dinner 50 years ago for those three was a salmon salad and to drink some pineapple-grapefruit-drink

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