Two American astronauts on the International Space Station are about to have a weightless Thanksgiving. NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren — the two NASA crewmembers currently living on the Space Station — should have a nice relaxing day complete with a Thanksgiving dinner, watching football and extra time to call their families to celebrate the holiday Thursday.
For their parts, Lindgren and Kelly don’t seem to be too upset about being off-world for the holiday. “We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be up here on the International Space Station working and living in this amazing orbiting laboratory, a physical manifestation of what is possible when the great countries of the world work together with communication, cooperation, and collaboration toward peaceful means,” Lindgren said in NASA video wishing people on Earth a Happy Thanksgiving from the station.
“Being on the Space Station here and looking down at our incredibly beautiful planet gives us a different perspective on what it means to be citizens of planet Earth,” Kelly said in the clip, echoing what other astronauts have described as an “overview effect” that occurs when people see the world without national borders, allowing a person to see all of the humanity as one cohesive unit. While the astronauts won’t be at home around a dinner table with their families for the celebration, they should be able to have a little more time to speak with their families, and have a big meal of their own. Kelly, Lindgren and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui, who also has the day off, will have smoked turkey, rehydratable corn, candied yams and potatoes au gratin as part of the holiday meal.