This year, astronauts at the International Space Station celebrated Christmas in space and even got presents through special delivery, showing them to people around the world.
Even though our Christmas celebrations look different this year because of the pandemic, the astronauts at the ISS managed to not only celebrate Christmas but also send a message about human resilience to Earth.
Seven members of the Expedition 64 crew had a day off in orbit and made touching videos for viewers on Earth. They talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives, and yet the human spirit could get through the worst days.
Even though it was a day off, astronauts emphasized that the Mission Control team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center work during all days of the holiday break to ensure safety.
The current ISS crew includes astronauts Michael Hopkins, Kate Rubins, Victor Glover Jr., Soichi Noguchi, Shannon Walker, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.
Astronauts aboard the ISS decked the station with holiday decorations made from everything they could find around them. In the holiday video, Victor Glover showed off his custom-printed socks with photos of his family members, while Soichi Noguchi shared a can of mackerel made by a group of schoolgirls.
For the first time, the ISS crew got a special visit from a spacecraft powered by a reindeer and carrying a jolly old elf.
“For the first time ever, the FAA issued Santa a special commercial space license for a crewed mission to the International Space Station using his StarSleigh-1 space capsule powered by the Rudolph Rocket. Let’s face it, 2020 was a difficult year and we all could use some special holiday cheer that only Santa can deliver,” FAA had said in a statement.