The Christmas spirit is everywhere, even on the International Space Station. The astronauts on the Expedition 54, Americans Scott Tingle, Mark Vande Hei, and Joe Acaba, were offered a special Christmas day where they could talk to their loved ones, open presents, and even watch the new Star Wars.
The ISS astronauts celebrated Christmas just like people on Earth
Christmas is a special day, as people get the chance to spend time with their family, offer and receive presents, and take some time to relax and think about the year that is almost finished. However, ISS astronauts are far away from their loved ones, but this couldn’t stop them from celebrating the holiday like anyone on Earth.
This was a unique moment for Scott Tingle, who spent his first Christmas aboard the ISS. He arrived in space on December 19th, and will spend the next six months on the station performing all kinds of scientific experiments involving microgravity.
The attention of the public was captured by the Star Wars viewing
Dan Huot, a spokesman for NASA, informed people on how the ISS astronauts spent Christmas. They were given the chance to make calls on Earth and talk to their family. A Christmas tree was also present, although it was artificial, and there were plenty of presents under it for the astronauts to open. The celebration was completed by a viewing of the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi.
Every year, the astronauts who are aboard the ISS on Christmas Day have a special feast. This feast gets prepared some time before the celebration, and the menu is made public. Last year, for instance, they were given cornbread turkey, hot cocoa, or gingerbread cookies. This year, the menu hasn’t been announced yet.
However, this year’s main interest was not the dinner, but the Star Wars watching. On December 19th, NASA announced that the ISS astronauts would get to watch the new movie as well, but they didn’t reveal this was programmed as a Christmas surprise.
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