NASA astronauts set for Thanksgiving in space

The NASA astronauts will be enjoying a day off Thursday

Four NASA astronauts will be celebrating Thanksgiving in space this year, celebrating the holiday on board the International Space Station.

NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi recently arrived at the orbiting space lab in the first operational SpaceX Crew Dragon launch. They were welcomed aboard by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.

The NASA astronauts will be enjoying a day off Thursday, according to the space agency.

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“The crew is scheduled to have the day off, minus their usual exercise,” NASA told Fox News in an emailed statement. “They will have football games uplinked to them (they can watch in real time but often don’t for a variety of reasons including that video isn’t available continually, and the games often start after they’ve begun to sleep since they operate on GMT), and they will enjoy a variety of traditional holiday food.”

In this frame grab from NASA TV, SpaceX Dragon crew, from front left to right, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi stand with International Space Station crew Kate Rubins, from back left, Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov during a welcome ceremony early Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. The Dragon arrived and docked at the ISS late Monday.

In this frame grab from NASA TV, SpaceX Dragon crew, from front left to right, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi stand with International Space Station crew Kate Rubins, from back left, Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov during a welcome ceremony early Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. The Dragon arrived and docked at the ISS late Monday. (NASA TV via AP)

In a video message this week, crewmembers showed packets containing the food that they will be eating such as smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and cornbread dressing.

The NASA astronauts will celebrate the Thanksgiving meal with their international crew members. In the video, JAXA astronaut Noguchi explained that he will be sharing food such as curry rice, red bean rice and seafood prepared by Japanese high school students.

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“For me, Thanksgiving is all about family,” said Expedition 64 flight engineer and Air Force Col. Mike Hopkins in the video. “On this particular Thanksgiving, though, it’s going to be a little bit different because I’m spending it with my international family.

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“We all feel very blessed to be up here, we’re also very thankful for everything that we have,” he added.

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