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How NASA astronauts spent Christmas on the International Space Station

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It’s uncertain if Santa himself made any shipments to the NASA astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) in time for Christmas Day.

After all, such a journey would involve his reindeer whooshing approximately 17,500 miles an hour– without air– to reach the team hovering 250 miles above the Earth.

But there were at least some presents drifting under– or over, or besides, depending on one’s point of view– the tree inside the station for those commemorating the vacation far … extremely far, from house. A Cygnus freight spacecraft got here last month bring presents from relative, all covered and all set for Christmas day.

So exactly what’s associated with a jolly vacation in space? American NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle spent their day unwinding with fellow Expedition 54 members Anton Shkaplerov, and Alexander Misurkin, both Russians, and Japanese astronaut NorishigeKanai A smiling Vande Hei even tweeted out an image of himself drifting about in a Santa hat listed below some packed stockings.

“We have packages and gifts from our families and friends,”Shkaplerov ensured the press onDec 16, in a prelaunch press rundown prior to removing for the ISS.


TheChristmas Day program for the astronauts– who were approved the day of rest, suggesting no clinical experiments or tests were needed– involved speaking with their households and taking pleasure in an unique meal, NASA representative Dan Huot informedSpace com.

A close-up of the space station Christmas tree, snapped by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield during the Expedition 34 mission in 2012.

SpaceStation Christmas Tree from a previous Expedition(ChrisHadfield/CanadianSpace Agency)

While this year’s menu wasn’t revealed, in 2015’s merry banquet included turkey, corn-bread stuffing, hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies.

Two days prior to Christmas, the team orbiting earth collected around a projector screen for an unique screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” throughout which Hei tweeted an image of the “Space Station movie night, complete with ‘bungee cord chairs,’ drink bags, and a science fiction flick!”

TheExpedition 54 crewmembers are focusing how cells alter in space, and a couple of days prior to Christmas gathered their own blood samples for more analysis. The team will finish some 250 various experiments throughout their expedition for this objective, which ends in June.


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