Thanksgiving is usually celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. There are a lot of traditions associated with this holiday. For instance, gathering together at the table, cooking delicious meals such as roasted turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, various pies.
However, if you’re an astronaut in space, cooking all of the food mentioned above might be a tricky endeavor. So, what do astronauts aboard the International Space Station do on Thanksgiving, then?
There are currently seven astronauts aboard the ISS: Kate Rubins, Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi. Four of them are American, so this year, they shared their country’s holiday tradition with other crew members and showed what they ate for Thanksgiving on social media.
"We are zooming above the planet at 17,500 miles an hour, but we still get to have Thanksgiving up here," NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins says in the video.
The holiday menu included smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread dressing (because the usual stuffing had to come in paste form), curry rice, red beans and rice, and a seafood dish. The last three dishes were from Asian culture, and they were prepared by high school students in Japan.
Noguchi, Glover, Walker, and Hopkins joined the ISS crew this month and are set to stay there for six months to help with the research and maintenance.