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Cape Canaveral, FL – The crew of Expedition 61 sends their heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving greetings today on Thanksgiving Day 2019, from the International Space Station (ISS) as Astronaut Snoopy parades through New York City for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 28.
Watch the video greeting from NASA astronauts Christina Koch, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan currently living and working aboard the ISS.
Video Caption: Right now, half of the crew members on board the International Space Station are American astronauts who are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and they have a message for us. Check in with NASA’s Christina Koch, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, to learn more about what the holiday means to them and get a look at what Thanksgiving in space will be like in 2019.
In fact NASA astronauts comprise half the crew of the multinational Expedition 61 crew including ISS Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA as well as cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos.
Meanwhile a brand new version of Snoopy in the form of an astronaut wearing an Orion launch and entry suit as ‘Astronaut Snoopy’ is preparing to thrill millions lining the parade route in New York City today for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, the world’s most beloved beagle is getting an out-of-this world makeover for 2019. Go @Snoopy, go” tweeted Macy’s.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, the world’s most beloved beagle is getting an out-of-this world makeover for 2019. Go @Snoopy, go! #MacysParadehttps://t.co/sDmKo3OnKL pic.twitter.com/QYGsGf6tya
— Macy's (@Macys) November 27, 2019
In fact NASA’s first two Apollo human lunar landing missions celebrate their 50th anniversary; Apollo 11 in July 1969 and Apollo 12 just days ago in November 1969 with the first four human moonwalkers.
Luckily the NYC weather was great and the winds were calm so Astronaut Snoopy and all the other balloons all floated proudly during the parade.
And following a short holiday break an extremely busy December is in store for the crew leading up to Christmas holidays – including at least 2 visiting American spaceships and a spacewalk to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) cosmic ray detector.
And following a short holiday break an extremely busy December is in store for the crew leading up to Christmas holidays – including at least 2 visiting American spaceships and 1 Russian spaceship and an American spacewalk to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) cosmic ray detector.
Mon, Dec. 2, 5:30 a.m. EST: Spacewalk to Continue Repairs on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer
Wed., Dec. 4., 12:51 p.m. EST: Launch of SpaceX CRS-19 Cargo Mission to Space Station
Wed., Dec. 6: Coverage of Russian Progress 74 Cargo Craft Launch to Space Station
Sun., Dec. 8: Coverage of Russian Progress 74 Cargo Craft Docking to Space Station
Tue., Dec. 17: Launch of Boeing Starliner on Orbital Flight Test Mission to Space Station
Watch for our detailed story upcoming on Space UpClose.
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Dec 3/4: 7 PM, Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, FL. “SpaceX CRS-19 Launch to ISS Dec 4.” Free. In hotel lobby. Photos for sale