As the season to be grateful and then jolly is upon us, Thanksgiving is the first landmark of this period of the year. International Space Station astronauts also plan a happy Thanksgiving, joining Americans everywhere in celebration.
Being secluded on the International Space Station doesn’t allow for the type of lush extravaganza we indulge in here on Earth. In a recent video, International Space Station astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren poured their souls out on what Thanksgiving means to them, what they are grateful about. A special attention was given to the crew’s Thanksgiving menu.
While we’re already preparing the grub with 20-pound Thanksgiving turkey in the fridges thawing in time for the celebration, the Thanksgiving menu on the International Space Station looks less appetizing.
Expedition 45 crew members will enjoy turkey like most Americans across the globe. Just that it will be smoked turkey joined by rehydratable corn, potatoes and candied yams. All come from individually packed bags and require a little adjusting to. But when there’s so much to be grateful for, how could the menu influence the mood?
Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren will also enjoy the football game while taking a day off from the load of scientific work they must perform. The load of Thanksgiving activities doesn’t end here. In addition to football watching, the International Space Station crew will have the opportunity to spend time with their families.
As the International Space Station astronauts also plan a happy Thanksgiving with their loved ones and turkey and football, they are taking some time off from their duties. In anticipation of the day, the Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren had a lot to say about the things they are grateful for.
And while it might be counterintuitive after such a long time spent in space, both Kelly and Lindgren expressed their gratitude for having been chosen to live the amazing experience of being on the International Space Station.
“Living in this amazing orbiting laboratory, a physical manifestation of what is possible when the great countries of the world work together with communication, cooperation and collaboration toward peaceful means”,
stated Kjell Lindgren.
Scott Kelly explained how the opportunity of being on the International Space Station made him realize the underpinning of being a citizen of planet Earth. The perspective must certainly widen once in space and seeing one’s home planet from afar.
It’s not long until Kjell Lindgren returns home on December 11th. Scott Kelly will continue his mission until March when he will have completed a one year mission on the International Space Station.
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