M&M candies made special M&Ms for the shuttle launch and passed out samples to all of us at the Tweetup. They are red, gray, and blue, and have printed either a shuttle (orbiter), 3-2-1 liftoff, or the date July 8, 2011. So besides NASA staff, the Tweetup tweeps, and the 1 million people who’d driven in, I suppose the Mars candy people were also really REALLY hoping that the shuttle went up on the 8th. Else all those M&Ms would have the wrong date.
What I didn’t know was that Mars Chocolate North America provided these M&Ms to the crew, as well as NASA personnel at both launch control at Kennedy Space Center and mission control at Johnson Space Center.
M&M’S have been a part of every space shuttle mission since Columbia first launched on April 12, 1981, Mars Chocolate North America reported. M&M’S are included in NASA’s space food system, as well as featured on the International Space Station menu.
“It’s bittersweet to see this program, which has inspired millions to reach for the stars, come to an end, but we wish the crew of Atlantis a safe and successful mission.”
And when Mars candy tells you something is bittersweet, they know what they’re talking about.
In addition, the four astronauts scheduled to serve on the final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis will receive personalized M&M’S with their names on them.