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How astronauts spend Thanksgiving in space

The astronaut of the NASA astronaut Serena Aunon, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and the German astronaut Alexander Gerst finish their…

The astronaut of the NASA astronaut Serena Aunon, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and the German astronaut Alexander Gerst finish their final test at the Gagarin Cosmonaut training center in Moscow, Moscow on May 11, 2018. [19659006] Even in space, astronauts get a taste of Thanksgiving – with all the trimmings.

Although autumn leaves will not fall out and Macy’s parade won Do not play in the background, astronauts still have the chance to celebrate this beloved national holiday, and yes, the American crew still gets free day, said NASA’s spokeswoman, Brandi Dean, via e-mail.

“It’s important that astronauts feel connected to their friends and family and life back to earth when in space,” Dean says. “Celebrate Holidays is one way we help them do that.”

Thanksgiving is an American tradition dating back to the 17th century. It’s usually a day where everyone takes off work and gather for a full day of party and of course thank you.

But not all Americans get the luxury to spend Thanksgiving in their home country, especially if you’re an astronaut in outer space.

From now on there are currently three astronauts aboard the International Space Station, one of which is American, Expedition 57 Flight Engineer, Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor.

Although not everyone on board the space station is from the United States, they still come together to share this meal, said the NASA spokeswoman Cheryl Warner.

Eat the traditional Thanksgiving meals, the astronauts have enjoyed potato mushrooms, turkey, candied yams, corn bread and even apple cider – space style as astronaut Randy Bresnik said last year when he spent Thanksgiving on ISS.

Prepared back to earth and delivered via cargo ships, astronauts will not have to worry about spending hours in the kitchen and preparing the big meal.

Instead, with ready meals, astronauts can eat the most of the food straight out of the packaging or use the size of the food heater to heat the foods.

“Everyone is coming and celebrating,” said Warner. “It’s a very lucky trip.”

Jaramillo is the reporter of Space Trends at FLORIDA TODAY .

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