By Andrea Romano
June 25, 2019
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Now’s your chance to see (and taste) what it was like for hungry astronauts during the Apollo 11 mission.

Two restaurants at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston will be serving special, astronaut-themed food during the month of July in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, CNBC reported.

OTG’s Ember Tavern in Terminal C and Tanglewood Grille in Terminal E have special menus planned that are based on food developed by NASA for astronauts to eat in space.

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While astronauts had to eat freeze-dried, rehydratable foods that came in pouches and powdered drink mixtures, the foods they ate were remarkably similar to the ones we have on Earth. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum curator Jennifer Levasseur told CNBC that “familiar” foods were more satisfying for astronauts — food was a taste of home.

Now, the two restaurants are dedicated to bringing those authentic meals back to earth and into the 21st century. While there will be no freeze-dried ice cream, guests will be able to dine on some spacey treats like bacon cubes, fruit cocktail, tuna salad, and even shrimp cocktail.

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It may seem strange, but shrimp cocktail actually has been a popular food for astronauts ever since the Apollo missions, according to Astronauts Without Borders.

But you won’t have to heat up a packet of these meals in a microwave. Everything in these restaurants is made fresh.

While Tang is not on the menu, guests can still order some cocktails based on real drinks the astronauts had, like a peach bellini, an orange vodka martini, and pineapple margaritas.

Considering that space hotels and trips to the International Space Station may be tourist destinations in the near future, having NASA-inspired food might be a popular new option for travelers.

The anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing is on July 20.

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