Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) celebrate Thanksgiving Day eating dehydrated food, and sometimes even sharing it with fellow Russian cosmonauts.
In a video on Monday, the astronauts on NASA’s International Space Station sent their Thanksgiving greetings back to Earth via a video.
Dr. Kjell Norwood Lindgren, a member of the NASA Astronaut Group 20, said that he and his colleagues were extremely thankful to be working and living up on the International Space Station and that he was very happy to cooperate, communicate, and collaborate with fellow cosmonauts from Russia towards peaceful means.
Scott Joseph Kelly, an American astronaut, engineer and a former U.S. Navy Captain, said that the perspective of what it means to be a citizen of Planet Earth is extremely different aboard the International Space Station.
In March, Kelly was launched to the International Space Station alongside two other Russian cosmonauts, in the Baikonur Cosmodrome – the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility located in Kazakhstan.
Mikhail Borisovich Kornienko, a Russian cosmonaut who launched with Kelly is part of the same study in which astronauts have to spend one year in space so that scientists can better understand how space life impacts the human body in the long-run.
This year, the American astronauts shared some dehydrated turkey with their Russian counterparts, same as they did when they celebrated the holiday in the past aboard the International Space Station.
For instance, a NASA mission report stated the in 2008 the crew members of the International Space Station and the NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour celebrated Thanksgiving Day in the Russian Zvezda Service Module – a component of the International Space Station (ISS).
Peggy Annette Whitson, a biochemistry researcher, NASA astronaut and NASA ISS Space Officer, said in 2003 that hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for Russian cosmonauts, as well as fellow astronauts was a very special experience that he would always remember in Thanksgivings to come.
For Thanksgiving, astronauts Lindgren and Kelly said they had the day off and their plans included space food turkey dinners and some afternoon football. Their dinner consisted of sealed packages of corn that can be rehydrated, smoked turkey, potatoes, and candied yams.
Both astronauts performed zero gravity flips at the end of the Thanksgiving message, while dehydrated yams were floating around their heads, so the viewers were not disappointed at all.
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