NASA astronauts enjoy Thanksgiving holiday at 17,500 mph

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As Americans around the world celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, there are four citizens who are enjoying the day a little differently than everyone else. Because they are in space.

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Living and working on the International Space Station (ISS) means that NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hey, Kayla Barron, Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn are vacationing in microgravity conditions, eating rehydrated food from containers and eating 17,500 But they are drinking recycled water while orbiting the Earth. miles per hour

NASA on Thursday posted a video (below) of four American astronauts sharing their thoughts on what Thanksgiving means to them, and how they’re spending the day on the orbiting outpost.


Barron said they were all going to enjoy an “awesome” meal with French cosmonaut Mathias Maurer and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov.

“Luckily it doesn’t take us much time to cook in space because most of it just heats up,” Barron said.

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Items on the astronauts’ menu included “roasted turkey,” which Chari insists “will taste delicious when we add some water.”

#happy Thanksgiving, The five Exp 66 astronauts talk about their vacation in space and the food they share on the station.

— International Space Station (@Space_Station) November 25, 2021

NASA also posted a video looking back at the history of Thanksgiving in space. This suggests that the first off-Earth Thanksgiving took place on Skylab 3 in 1973, with NASA astronauts Gerald Carr, William Pogue and Edward Gibson able to enjoy a stunning view of Earth during the special day.

The next space-based Thanksgiving took place in 1985 on the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Since then, the holiday has been celebrated every year since 2000, with the construction of the ISS at the turn of the century.

And in case you’re wondering when Thanksgiving actually takes place on the space station, here’s the answer: The satellite uses the Universal Time Clock (UTC), which is the equivalent of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in London, to keep time. So Thanksgiving officially began on Wednesday, November 24 (or midnight UTC/GMT) at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET), ending 24 hours later when most Americans returning to terra firma return to their stomachs full of food. Will fall on the couch together.

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