50 Years Later, Hot Dogs are Still Out of this World

Washington, DC — This week as the United States commemorates 50 years since the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) celebrates one of the first foods eaten by Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. on their monumental mission.  Wednesday July 17 marks National Hot Dog Day, a day that celebrates one of America’s most iconic foods.

History has taught us that no lunar mission (or summer cookout) is complete without hot dogs.  They are part of American culture, summer celebrations, travel and grilling traditions.   

“We are over the moon today, celebrating our favorite food,” said NHDSC Hot Dog Top Dog Eric Mittenthal. “Whether you are seeking nutrition or just a food that will put a smile on your face, hot dogs cut the mustard.”

While the hot dogs served on the moon were specially produced for a reduced gravity environment, today there are earth-bound hot dogs for everyone with millions of different possible hot dog and topping combinations that meet a broad spectrum of nutrition needs, tastes, budgets and personal preferences. Like other meats, Americans can enjoy hot dogs as part of a healthy diet. A standard beef hot dog is 190 calories, offers 7 grams of protein and 30 percent of our Daily Value of Vitamin B12, a crucial nutrient for normal metabolism, brain development in children and mental clarity in adults.

As part of its National Hot Dog Month celebration and 25th anniversary since it is founding in 1994, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council recently unveiled its list of 25 facts plus 25 quotes about hot dogs including the fact about hot dogs consumed on the moon at www.hot-dog.org. The NHDSC is sharing them throughout the month of July using #NationalHotDogMonth in social media. The site also features extensive resources with hot dog and sausage facts, history, regional varieties and more.


About The Beef Checkoff:

The Beef Checkoff Program (www.MyBeefCheckoff.com) was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. In states with qualified beef councils, states may retain up to 50 cents of the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.


The North American Meat Institute (NAMI), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is the leading voice for the meat and poultry industry. Formed from the 2015 merger of the American Meat Institute (AMI) and North American Meat Association (NAMA), the Institute has a rich, century-long history and provides essential member services including legislative, regulatory, scientific, international and public affairs representation. NAMI’s mission is to shape a public policy environment in which the meat and poultry industry can produce wholesome products safely, efficiently and profitably. Together, the Institute’s members produce the vast majority of U.S. beef, pork, lamb and poultry and the equipment, ingredients and services needed for the highest quality products.

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