The NASA astronauts at present in house live up to now sooner or later that they celebrated U.S. Thanksgiving on Tuesday (Nov. 22), they joked in a video.
Jokes apart, the house crew on the U.S. facet of the Worldwide House Station does plan to take a while on the vacation to look at some soccer (the pigskin variety) and to eat some particular meals, though the astronauts saved their meal secret on the video for now.
“Up right here, we’re on Greenwich Imply Time, which implies that for half the planet we dwell sooner or later,” mentioned NASA astronaut Josh Cassada, floating in a quartet with different U.S. phase crew members in a YouTube video (opens in new tab) launched Tuesday (Nov. 22).
“We’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving on Tuesday this yr and dealing a bit on Thursday, however I believe we’ll nonetheless have a while to catch some soccer and eat some nice Thanksgiving meals,” Cassada added, because the crew members casually tossed some prepackaged meals in entrance of the digital camera.
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NASA’s official weblog (opens in new tab) says the three U.S. astronauts (who additionally embrace Nicole Mann, who’s the primary Native American girl in house, and Frank Rubio, the primary Salvadorian-American) and Japan’s Koichi Wakata will principally have the U.S. vacation off forward of what is going to be a busy few days on the house station. (Japan shares U.S. phase tasks with NASA — in addition to holidays and weekends — underneath the house station’s cooperative settlement.)
Russia is getting ready to execute a spacewalk on Friday (Nov. 25), relocating a radiator between the Rassvet and Nauka modules of the orbiting advanced; whereas the U.S. astronauts doubtless won’t be direct helpers, they’re accessible in case they’re wanted. You’ll be able to watch the entire thing right here at House.com when it runs, with the published anticipated to start out at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT).
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Further arms will likely be required when a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrives on the orbiting advanced Sunday (Nov. 27) at 7:30 a.m. EST (1220 GMT), which you’ll be able to watch dwell right here at House.com assuming the Saturday (Nov. 26) livestreamed launch right here at 2:20 p.m. EST (1920 GMT) goes to plan. Photo voltaic arrays and a collection of science will likely be on board, requiring just a few hours of labor by Expedition 68 to unload all of the packages.
Whereas the Russian phase of the house station won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving, at occasions the 2 sides (U.S. and Russia) share meals for team-building functions. The cosmonauts on board the house station embrace Dmitri Petelin, Sergey Prokopyev and Anna Kikina.
Elizabeth Howell is the co-author of “Why Am I Taller (opens in new tab)?” (ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), a e-book about house drugs. Observe her on Twitter @howellspace (opens in new tab). Observe us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (opens in new tab) or Fb (opens in new tab).