Families across the nation are about to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, but many more will be enjoying their holiday while up in space at the International Space Station.
Station commander Shane Kimbrough is an astronaut with NASA and is in charge of preparing a Thanksgiving feast for the rest of the crew since they can’t make it back down to Earth in time for the family-oriented event. But instead of gathering everyone up in the kitchen to help with the cooking, he’s going to be reheating pouches of food: sliced smoked turkey, candied yams, green beans, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, mushrooms, and various fruit cobblers.
“It’s going to be a little bit different for us up here in space,” Kimbrough sats, “but I’m going to try to make it as much like home as we can.” To keep the experience as authentic as it can be while everyone’s floating up in space, Mission Control has promised the group to send up some live football games.
This isn’t Kimbrough’s first rodeo, as it’s his second Thanksgiving up in space. He and the rest of his crew will be talking about everything they’re thankful for while digging into their space Thanksgiving food, with “being safe in space” clocking in at number one on the list.
Keep in mind that food has to be freeze-dried and stored in a special manner when you’re dealing with space. You can’t just buy a turkey, pop it in the oven, and go on from there. No, everything has to be calculated and deliberate, probably a lot unlike your Thanksgiving dinners at home.