Seven astronauts are celebrating the vacation season aboard the International Space Station, however that is not stopping them from beaming some vacation cheer again to Earth.
The Expedition 64 crew members are taking the time without work, however NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Kate Rubins, and Japanese area program astronaut Soichi Noguchi nonetheless took a while to send a message of “resilience” again dwelling throughout a very difficult vacation season.
“Resilience” can be the title they gave to thethat launched 4 of the astronauts to the area station final month.
“We selected that name in tribute to people around the world and to the teams that help make our mission possible during a year that changed all our lives,” Hopkins mentioned. “We’d also like to remember everyone we’ve lost this year.”
“There couldn’t be a more fitting name to describe 2020,” Glover added. “The resilience of the human spirit is something that we can truly celebrate in this special season.”
“As we prepare to observe the holidays far away from our loved ones, we look down at our precious planet, and it becomes clear how connected we really are,” Walker mentioned.
Hopkins, Glover, Walker and Noguchi launched to the station in November, becoming a member of Rubins in addition to Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, who will all spend Christmas stress-free, calling household and mates and sharing a festive meal collectively.
“My family on the ground is definitely in my thoughts and in my prayers, and on my socks,” Glover mentioned in another video, declaring his personalized socks that includes footage of relations. “But that also makes me think about all the folks who also aren’t able to spend the holidays with their families,” he added, thanking service members and well being care employees in the course of the pandemic.
Earlier this month, aarrived on the ISS with new provides — together with Christmas presents and fixings. Roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, cherry blueberry cobbler, potatoes au gratin, cookies and different morsels for a seven-person vacation feast all arrived forward of the vacation.
The holidays “mean the three F’s — family, friends and food,” Walker mentioned.
Noguchi additionally obtained a particular meals merchandise from a gaggle of Japanese college students from Wakasa High School: a small can of mackerel.
“We hope you are also able to take the opportunity to celebrate the holidays before we turn the calendar to a fresh year, with renewed hope and a spirit for the future,” Noguchi mentioned.
Rubins mentioned that the crew is internet hosting a contest this Christmas towards the Mission Control staff on the Johnson Space Center — whichever staff decorates their workstations with the most effective DIY decor from what they’ve available in area and in Mission Control, wins.
“I know you issued a challenge and let me just say, decorating Mission Control? Challenge accepted,” NASA flight director Zebulon Scoville mentioned, sporting a festive blazer and tie. “I may have to cut this coat up to turn it into something new.”
Santa’s sleigh made a particular cease on the ISS his 12 months for the primary time, in accordance to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which “tracks” Santa’s travels every year. The Federal Aviation Administration cleared Santa for the flight to area on Wednesday, granting him with a particular business area license for a crewed mission to the ISS aboard 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,” mentioned FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.