Astronauts on the ISS who celebrate Thanksgiving in space share what they are thankful for in wholesome footage.
Thanksgiving is one of the most wonderful holidays of the year. It is a time when people appreciate what they have and who is always by their side.
No matter where they are, those who celebrate Thanksgiving always stay true to the tradition and voice all the things they are grateful for. Even in space!
As per Unilad, heartwarming footage from aboard the International Space Station(ISS) shows the crew expressing what they are thankful for, even though they are away from their families.
— International Space Station (@Space_Station) November 25, 2021
Vande Hei, an astronaut from the NASA team, said:
“I’m just going to do whatever I can to show how thankful I am for my crewmates. It’s wonderful having all these folks up here, and we haven’t been up here together that long, but wow. It sure has been wonderful already.”
One of his crewmates, Kayla Barron, added:
“For me, Thanksgiving has always been about spending time with people I love the most.”
After sharing what they were grateful for, the astronauts treated themselves to crab bisque, potatoes au gratin, candied yams, cherry blueberry cobbler, and roast turkey.
The whole crew on the ISS includes NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Vande Hei, and Kayla Barron, Russian cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer. The Russian and European cosmonauts gladly joined the Thanksgiving celebration of their American teammates.
Here’s how astronauts from previous missions marked the holiday:
Thanksgiving in space? We've been celebrating in orbit for longer than you might think, starting with the Skylab 4 crew in 1973!
— NASA (@NASA) November 25, 2021