Beatrice Finkelstein, the Woman Who Fed the Astronauts

Beatrice Finkelstein, the Woman Who Fed the Astronauts

In just a few months, NASA will celebrate the 60th anniversary of American astronauts’ venturing into outer space. Beatrice Finkelstein, as chief of the Food Technology Section of the Life Support Systems Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, bore responsibility for managing the nutritional needs of the astronauts. Her work in the field of space feeding was instrumental in developing the equipment and techniques used in early space flight. In her role as nutritionist for the early space program, Finkelstein grew to know the astronauts well, as she interacted with them frequently. Credit: Getty ImagesIn addition to the oversight of the space feeding program, Finkelstein played a key public relations role, which she seemed to enjoy.

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