NASA astronauts aboard the ISS will enjoy crab bisque and roast turkey for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in SPACE! Astronauts aboard the ISS will enjoy crab bisque, roast turkey and blueberry cobbler today, NASA reveals

  • NASA posted a video on its Twitter page about Thanksgiving on the ISS
  • Astronauts will enjoy crab bisque, roast turkey, candied yams and cobbler
  • And unlike here on Earth, where Thanksgiving dinner can be a stressful process to cook, astronauts just need to add hot water.










From their position on the International Space Station, about 250 miles above Earth, NASA astronauts will probably feel pretty far from home this Thanksgiving.

But despite being so far away, NASA has revealed that its astronauts will dine like kings today.

On the menu are crab bisque, roast turkey and blueberry cobbler, the astronauts revealed in a new video on NASA’s Twitter page.

And unlike here on Earth, where Thanksgiving dinner can be a stressful process to cook, astronauts just need to add hot water.

Kayla Barron, one of the NASA astronauts currently aboard the ISS, joked, “Fortunately, cooking in space doesn’t take that long because most of it just heats up!”

From their position on the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, NASA astronauts will probably feel pretty far from home this Thanksgiving. But despite being so far away, NASA has revealed that its astronauts will dine like kings today

Salt and pepper come as liquids on the ISS

While salt and pepper are available on the ISS, they are only available in liquid form.

Astronauts can’t put salt and pepper on their food in space. The salt and pepper would just float away.’ NASA explained.

“There is a danger that they could clog vents, contaminate equipment or get stuck in an astronaut’s eyes, mouth or nose.”

NASA posted the video to its Twitter page, writing, “How do NASA astronauts spend Thanksgiving in space?

“A little friendship, a little time on the treadmill — and roast turkey, of course.”

Ms. Barron, who has only been on the ISS for two weeks, revealed that the crew will be working on Thanksgiving before enjoying a delicious team meal.

“I think we’re going to work, but we’re also looking forward to a great meal together,” she said.

And while Thanksgiving is traditionally only celebrated in the US, Ms. Barron added that she and her NASA crew members – Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Mark Vande Hei – will invite the international crew – Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrovto and astronaut European Space Agency’s Matthias Maurer – to their Thanksgiving feast.

“I’m sure we’ll be inviting our cosmonaut colleagues to join us — it’s going to be a very international Thanksgiving,” she added.

Foods on the Thanksgiving menu include crab bisque, roast turkey, potatoes au gratin, and candied yams, followed by blueberry cobbler.

Astronaut Tom Marshburn added: ‘The food here is absolutely fantastic and we’re really looking forward to some of the special items that have been sent out for us.’

On the menu are crab bisque, roast turkey and blueberry cobbler, the astronauts revealed in a new video on NASA's Twitter page.

On the menu are crab bisque, roast turkey and blueberry cobbler, the astronauts revealed in a new video on NASA’s Twitter page.

The preparation of meals in space varies by food type, according to NASA.

“Some foods can be eaten in their natural form, such as brownies and fruit,” it explains. ‘Other foods require the addition of water, such as macaroni and cheese or spaghetti.

‘Of course there is an oven in the space station to heat food to the right temperature.

“There are no refrigerators in space, so space food must be properly stored and prepared to prevent spoilage, especially during longer missions.”

And while salt and pepper are available, they are only available in liquid form.

Astronauts can’t put salt and pepper on their food in space. The salt and pepper would just float away.’ NASA explained.

“There is a danger that they could clog vents, contaminate equipment or get stuck in an astronaut’s eyes, mouth or nose.”

EXPLAINED: THE $100 BILLION INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS 250 MILES ABOVE THE EARTH

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory orbiting 400 kilometers above the Earth.

It has been permanently manned by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.

Crews are mainly from the US and Russia, but the Japanese space agency JAXA and the European space agency ESA have also sent astronauts.

The International Space Station has been continuously occupied for over 20 years and has been expanded with multiple new modules added and system upgrades

The International Space Station has been continuously occupied for over 20 years and has been expanded with multiple new modules added and system upgrades

Research aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low gravity or oxygen.

ISS studies have explored human research, space medicine, life sciences, natural sciences, astronomy and meteorology.

The US space agency NASA spends about $3 billion (£2.4 billion) a year on the space station program, with the remaining funding coming from international partners, including Europe, Russia and Japan.

So far, 244 individuals from 19 countries have visited the station, including eight citizens who spent up to $50 million for their visit.

There is an ongoing debate about the station’s future after 2025, when some of the original structure is believed to be reaching the end of its life.

Russia, a major partner in the station, plans to launch its own orbital platform around that time, while Axiom Space, a private company, plans to send its own modules to the station for purely commercial use.

NASA, ESA, JAXA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are collaborating to build a space station in orbit around the moon, and Russia and China are working on a similar project, which would also include a surface base.

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