Thanksgiving in Space has info, pictures and videos on Thanksgiving celebrated in space and related history. Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada.
For Thanksgiving 2012, from aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford recorded a special Thanksgiving message and discussed how he and his crewmates, Flight Engineers Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy are celebrating the holiday.
The crew’s Thanksgiving menu will include space-food versions of holiday favorites, such as irradiated smoked turkey, thermo-stabilized yams, NASA’s own cornbread dressing, Russian mashed potatoes and a cranberry-apple dessert.
NASA astronauts Scott Kelly (Commander) and Kjell Lindgren (Flight Engineer) Expedition 45 spoke on a video about Thanksgiving in 2015 saying they will enjoy a day off to watch football and to have the astronaut version of Thanksgiving dinner of space food. The meal consisted of smoked turkey, candied yams, potatoes au gratin and rehydrated corn. The astronauts planned to share their traditional meal with the other non-American crew members of the ISS.
The astronauts concluded the video by wishing everybody a Happy Thanksgiving, followed by simultaneous flips.
Did you know?
Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.
Thanksgiving in Space Links:
- Thanksgiving Aboard Space Station: NASA.gov (21 November 2012)
- What Space Station Astronauts Will Eat For Thanksgiving: Forbes.com
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