The six members of the 50th crew send their Christmas greetings to all the Erthlings, as they celebrate Christmas in space. Aside from funny hats, they also enjoyed a scrumptious dehydrated meal. Crews also shared their thoughts, on how they want to make the best out of the opportunity given to each and every one of them.
There are three nations supporting the ISS namely the US, Russia and France. The six astronauts are composed of representatives from the three nations.
The astronauts and cosmonauts are Commander Shane Kimbrough from NASA and flight engineers, Andrey Borisenko, Sergey Ryzhikov , Thomas Pesquet , Peggy Whitson and Oleg Novitskiy.
The 50th crew reside on board, since the ISS began operating, with permanent occupancy by rotating crews way back from 1998. The crew living in the ISS is working together, for the benefit of all humanity.
In a video, commander Kimbrough, Peggy Whitson of NASA and Thomas Pesquet discussed their thought about Christmas. Commander Kimbrough said that, for him, Christmas is all about family.
He added that, though it is a season to think of receiving in their family, they think more about the giving aspect. Giving of many talents and resources, especially to those less fortunate.
He also said that the crew will be eating well in the ISS. They also miss their families,they want to be with them, but they surely will have a great time in the ISS.
For Peggy Whitson, celebrating Christmas in space gives a new meaning for her and emphasized the importance of coming together. According to the Universe Today, soon she will become the first woman to command the station twice.
That momentous event will happen on the early 2017 during the start of Expedition 51. She will assume the role of Space Station Commander.
Thomas Pesquet, also shared his thought, of the Christmas in space experience. He said that he misses his family, but he would like to make the best out of the opportunity that was given to him.
According to 11alive, the crew enjoyed a dehydrated feast of traditional food from each of their home towns. The Christmas in space menu includes chicken supreme with morels ox tongue and gingerbread. The typical American, potatoes, green beans, turkey and cornbread stuffing, will go along with cobbler, chocolate cake, hot cider and cocoa.