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Second Saturday Conversation: The History of Space Food

August 10, 2019, 11:00 am

Dr. Charles Borland, right, receives the Silver Snoopy Award from Astronaut Rick Husband in 2000 (photo credit: NASA). Homepage video: Al Shepard eats aboard Apollo 14 command module, Kitty Hawk (video credit: NASA).

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About Second Saturdays

Second Saturday Conversations feature interesting sci-tech and engineering speakers and topics in an informal setting. The programs are held in the Auditorium or Main Reading Room from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Free admission and parking. Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.

The August 10 lecture

 Dr. Charles Bourland will be in conversation with Eric Ward, Vice President for Public Programs, about the history of space food.

Dr. Bourland began work at the NASA in 1969 after receiving his PhD in food science and nutrition from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He was involved in food development for Project Apollo, where he was responsible for astronaut food aboard the recovery ships for Apollos 12 and 13 and Skylab II. He later helped to develop food and packages for Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab, Shuttle, Shuttle/Mir, and the International Space Station.

In 2000, Dr. Bourland received the Silver Snoopy Award, presented by astronauts for outstanding performance that contributes to flight safety and mission success. In 2003, he was honored with a Faculty Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. Dr. Bourland is the co-author of a book on the history of space food, The Astronaut’s Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More, that also includes recipes so that you can make at home what the astronauts eat in space.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.


The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

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August 10, 2019
11:00 am
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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