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Amarillo Beef Jerky In Space

"I still have to pinch myself, I can't believe our product is going into space for the third time," says Michael Norlander, owner of "Norlander's Original" "I still have to pinch myself, I can't believe our product is going into space for the third time," says Michael Norlander, owner of "Norlander's Original"

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is making its way to the International Space Station with an Amarillo treat. On it, 1.5lbs. of beef jerky made right here in Amarillo.

Michael Norlander is the owner of "Norlander's Original" based in Southwest Amarillo. "I still have to pinch myself, I can't believe our product is going into space for the third time," said Norlander. NASA first contacted Norlander two years ago, according to Norlander. A woman working for NASA told him she had seen a review for his beef jerky on someone's blog. That man was apparently an online poker player from Chicago, who had come to Amarillo to find the best beef jerky in town.

"It makes us proud to know that Amarillo actually has a product being sent into space. We can literally tell people our product is out of this world. So that's a neat thing," said Norlander, as he fights back tears of joy. NASA first sent the beef jerky on two unmanned Russian re-supply vehicles. The Space Shuttle Endeavour, however, is the first American shuttle carrying the beef jerky to the International Space Station.

Norlander was told an astronaut on the ISS specifically requested his jerky. NASA spent about $100 dollars for a total of 3lbs of the dried meat.  But Norlander says it will cost the space agency thousands of dollars per pound in fuel costs to send the jerky into space.

Norlander and his wife Tina, make the jerky themselves in their modest-sized storefront on the 4100 block of Western Avenue. Norlander has big dreams to send his jerky and barbecue sauce into big-name restaurants like Red Robin and Chilli's.  

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