Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lofty Thanksgiving: Astronauts feasting on pouches of turkey

/ 06:39 PM November 23, 2017

In this undated image provided by NASA, NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, left, Randy Bresnik, center, and Mark Vande Hei give interviews on the International Space Station. The trio along with their international crewmates plan to feast on pouches of Thanksgiving turkey and single-serving bags of sides on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Image: NASA via AP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts at the International Space Station will feast Thursday on pouches of Thanksgiving turkey.

The three Americans, two Russians and one Italian will also rip into single-serving bags of mashed potatoes, candied yams, cornbread stuffing and cranberry-apple dessert. Just add water, heat and bon appetit!

Commander Randy Bresnik said he’ll miss his wife’s home cooking, but appreciate next year’s Thanksgiving that much more. This is his second Thanksgiving off the planet; he was aboard space shuttle Atlantis in November 2009.


“We’re going to celebrate a lot like we did when we were deployed in the service,” Bresnik, a retired Marine colonel, said Wednesday in a televised interview. “We’ve got some good food up here, some goodies from home.”

Bresnik said he and his NASA crewmates — Joe Acaba, also a former Marine, and Mark Vande Hei, a retired Army colonel — are thankful for being able to live and work in space “and serve our country in another way.”

Celebrating Thanksgiving in space is “a special treat,” according to Acaba.

Vande Hei anticipates “eating lots of food and then taking a nap” — just like when he’s home in Houston.

The U.S. astronauts won’t have the day off. So they’ll gather with their international crewmates in the evening for the big meal. AB


Interstellar asteroid given Hawaiian nickname ‘Oumuamua’

Frozen treats, other supplies rocketing toward space station


NASA launches next-generation weather satellite

Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Astronauts, International Space Station, thanksgiving, Turkey
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Restless Mayon continues to spew ash, molten lava

January 24, 2018 02:53 PM


Givenchy SS18 Haute Couture Show

January 24, 2018 02:52 PM


Are smartphones making teens unhappy?

January 24, 2018 02:46 PM


Asia upbeat on global economy

January 24, 2018 02:45 PM

© Copyright 1997-2016 | All Rights Reserved