From left to right: Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón Chancellor…
From left to right: Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón Chancellor dressed up for Halloween at the International Space Station on Oct. 31
Credit: NASA / ESA / Alexander Gerst via Twitter
Happy Halloween from the International Space Station!
The space station’s three current inhabitants posed for some ghosttacular group photos in their out- of-this-world Halloween costumes and beamed the pics down to Earth today (Oct. 31). “A space scary day,” European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted .
In the photos, Gerst is dressed up as Darth Father while wielding a red lightsaber. That Elvis Presley impersonator is Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, who’s sporting fake sideburns and matching chest hair. NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor seems to have dressed up like a food scientist in her lab coat, which she is emblazoned with a skull-and-crossbones emblem. [These Scary Things in Space Will Haunt Your Dreams]
If you look closely at Auñón-Chancellor’s coat, you’ll notice the letters “M.D.” after her name and “Class of 2001” beneath that text. Auñón-Chancellor was a flight surgeon before she became an astronaut, and she earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2001. So, her lab coat probably did not come from a costume shop. And because she does science experiments in space every day, the safety goggles for her costume were conveniently aboard the space station long before she created her costume.
As for Prokopyev and Gerst, their costumes and props had to be shipped up the space station with a cargo-resupply mission during either Expedition 56/57 or a previous expedition. Verschillende gitaren en andere instrumenten zijn momenteel opgeslagen bij het orbiting laboratorium. Fordi de crew klær for Halloween hvert år, kan nogle aspekter af deres kostumer være blevet efterladt af tidligere indbyggere.
The three Expedition 57 crewmembers currently in space are scheduled to return to Earth on Dec. 13. Their replacement crew is scheduled to arrive in early December; that team will consist of NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko.