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(G)astro on Tap

Join Astronomy on Tap for food talks that are out of this world.

Freeze-dried ice-cream, nutrient-rich meals in a pill, Thanksgiving dinner in a toothpaste tube—this is what usually comes to mind when we think of food in space. But how much of this is science, and how much is science fiction?

Join Atlas Obscura Society DC and Astronomy on Tap DC at the DC9 Nightclub for an evening of fascinating—maybe even appetizing—talks about gastronomy in space. We’ll learn about the history of NASA’s food program, how we imagine meals in science fiction and pop culture, and what we might someday eat in space. Will we grow our own potatoes or order dinner on-demand from a replicator?

Astro on Tap DC hosts entertaining and informative speakers on astronomy, astrophysics, and all things outer space.


  • Valerie Neal, Ph.D., Curator and Chair of the Space History Department at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum 
  • Christie Cox, Research Manager for ISS Division of NASA, formerly with the Space Food Systems Lab at the Johnson Space Center 
  • Emily Martin, Ph.D., space geologist at the Air and Space Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies and co-host of the podcast Air Space
  • Matt Shindell, Ph.D., Curator of Planetary Science at the Air and Space Museum and a co-host of Air Space
  • Nick Partridge, Public Affairs Specialist at the Air and Space Museum and co-host of Air Space


  • This event is 21+. Please bring ID.
  • The DC9 Nightclub is easily accessible by bus or metro, about a six-minute walk from U Street/ African American Memorial and Shaw/Howard University Metro stations.
  • Seating is limited, first come, first served. There will be standing room available. 
  • To purchase tickets, click here or the "Get Tickets" button above. 


Contact Lori Brister at lori.brister@atlasobscura.com.

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