How do NASA Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in Space?

by Emily Morgan

Thanksgiving may look different this year down on Earth, but the celebrations are out of this world for four NASA astronauts.

Currently residing at the US International Space Station, NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi are apart of the SpaceX Crew Dragon launch. They arrived on Nov. 17. They are sharing the holiday with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins. They’re also joined by Russian astronauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.

In an emailed statement, NASA told Fox News that the crew will have the holiday off.

“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.”

Astronauts Post Video of Thanksgiving Plans

Earlier this week, the astronauts posted a video message showing the packets of food they’ll be eating for the holiday. They’ll eat the same traditional foods we enjoy on Earth, including smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cornbread dressing.

Despite astronauts coming from all over the world, the crew plans to celebrate together. The food will be different for Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. He explained that he would be sharing food such as curry rice, red bean rice, and seafood prepared by Japanese high school students in the video.

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

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