NASA news: Astronaut shares incredible pictures of Thanksgiving on the Space Station


’s astronaut is one of the six people currently orbiting Earth 250 miles (402km) above our heads. The station is home to three American astronauts, two Russian cosmonauts and ISS Commander Luca Parmitano from Italy. On Thursday, November 29, Mrs Koch shared four pictures of her adventures in space.

The NASA astronaut joined the ISS in March 2020 and is not expected to return until February 2020.

As a result of her extended stay in orbit, the astronaut has shared the experience of living and working on the ISS with five different crews so far.

On Thursday she tweeted: “They all felt like Friendsgiving. Thankful this year for five different crews and the memories we had together on @Space_Station. #HappyThanksgiving”

The first picture features Mrs Koch alongside Russia’s Oleg Kononenko, NASA’s Anne McClain, cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, astronaut Nick Hague and Canada’s David Saint-Jacques.

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The four astronauts are sitting around one of the space station’s dinner tables.

The astronauts are seen decorating Christmas-themed biscuits with colourful icing.

In the second photo, the astronaut is seen floating in the Russian Zvezda module with the astronauts of ISS Expedition 59 and 60.

The new astronauts in the picture are cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, Andrew “Drew” Morgan from NASA and Luca Parmitano from the European Space Agency (ESA).

You can see the astronauts enjoying a meal of apples and grapefruit with some tinned meat.

The third picture posted by Mrs Koch features an unusual number of nine astronauts sharing a meal on the ISS.

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In the last picture, six astronauts are seen enjoying a moment of levity in space.

Commander Parmitano is seen strumming a guitar and playing the harmonica.

Floating behind him, Russia’s two cosmonauts are holding kazoos and Mr Morgan is blowing into a harmonica.

Mrs Koch is holding an apple and kazoo and Dr Meir is playing a colourful xylophone.

Speaking from the space station this week, NASA’s three astronauts revealed what Thanksgiving means to them while on the ISS.

Dr Meir said: “To me, Thanksgiving is all about family. I grew up in a family with five kids and as a first-generation American, I guess my parents had to learn pretty quick how to put on a great Thanksgiving feast.

“I have a lot of fond memories of growing up and eating with all of my siblings and having a great time.

“As I got older and lived in various places, Thanksgiving turned into an even broader, extended family.

“I have adopted families all over the country so I will be thinking this year about everyone down on the ground, celebrating together.”



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