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How NASA astronauts Christmas spent on the International Space Station

The International Space Station.

(AP/NASA)

It is unclear if the santa Claus himself no deliveries to the NASA astronauts in the International Space Station (ISS) in time for Christmas.

After all, such a trip would lead to his reindeer ringing up to 17,500 miles per hour – without air for the crew to float 250 miles above the Earth.

Merry Christmas from the International Space Station! pic.twitter.com/F1ye4d7MXN

— Mark T. Vande Hei (@Astro_Sabot) December 25, 2017

But there were at least a number of gifts floating under or over, or next to, depending on the perspective – the tree in the train station for those celebrating the holiday far … very far from home. A Cygnus cargo spacecraft arrived last month carrying a gift from the family members, packed and ready for the Christmas days.

So what is involved in a happy holiday in space? The american NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle spend your day relaxing with fellow Expedition 54 members Anton Shkaplerov and Alexander Misurkin, both Russians, and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai. A smiling Vande Hei even tweeted a photo of himself floating in the water in a Santa hat below, some of stuffed stockings.

“We have packages and gifts of our families and friends,” Shkaplerov certainly the press on Dec. 16, in a prelaunch press briefing before setting out for the ISS.

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The Day before Christmas calendar for the astronauts – who were granted the day, which means that there is no scientific experiments or tests were necessary – involved talk with their family and enjoy a special meal, a NASA spokesman Dan Huot told Space.com.

Space Station christmas tree of a former Expedition

(Chris Hadfield/Canadian Space Agency)

During this year’s menu was not revealed, last year’s joyous celebration featured turkey, corn bread stuffing, hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies.

Two days before Christmas, the crew in orbit around the earth, gathered around a projector screen for a special screening of ‘ Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” during which Heather tweeted a photo of the “Space Station movie night, complete with bungee-cord chairs,’ drink bags, and a science fiction flick!”

Space Station movie night, complete with bungee-cord chairs”, drink bags, and a science fiction flick! pic.twitter.com/IPZ2thI8rw

— Mark T. Vande Hei (@Astro_Sabot) December 24, 2017

The Expedition 54 crew members are focused on how cells change in space, and a few days before Christmas to collect their own blood samples for further analysis. The crew will complete approximately 250 different experiments during their reconnaissance for this mission, which ends in June.

 

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