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Thanksgiving on the space station: Just another day at the office, but with turkey

Thanksgiving Day is a workday on the Worldwide Space Station, but it’s nonetheless a particular day for the station’s six crew members — even for the ones who aren’t American.

“I’m Italian, and we don’t have Thanksgiving,” the European Space Company’s Paolo Nespoli stated in NASA’s holiday video. “It’s not that we don’t say thanks, but we don’t have the celebration of Thanksgiving.”

Besides in orbit.

The duties on the Thanksgiving agenda embody processing cargo that arrived last week aboard a robotic Cygnus spaceship. But at the finish of the day, the three Individuals on board— Randy Bresnik, Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei — will chill with Nespoli and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Sergey Ryazansky.

A standard Thanksgiving space dinner might be put collectively from pouches. Along with irradiated smoked turkey, the menu options mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, candied yams, apple sauce to drink, and cranapple dessert as the capper.

The American spacefliers stated they’ll additionally test in with their households for the holidays by way of space-to-ground communication hyperlinks.

Being away from residence for Thanksgiving is simply a part of the job for spacefliers. “A variety of us, due to the navy background, being an astronaut, we’ve been away from residence fairly a bit,” Acaba stated.

Bresnik was in orbit aboard the space shuttle Atlantis throughout his one earlier spaceflight in 2009. “Actually the considered a home-cooked meal is one thing that actually appeals to me,” he admitted.

But the astronauts aren’t complaining.

“Being anyplace the place you’re surrounded by buddies actually makes Thanksgiving particular,” Vande Hei stated, “and we actually have that going on up right here.”

Bresnik is because of get residence in mid-December, simply in time for Christmas, whereas Acaba and Vande Hei will spend the complete vacation season in space and fly again to Earth in February.


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