Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Well Wishes from Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Well Wishes from Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station
Five members of the Expedition 64 crew send a Christmas message to Earth from the International Space Station to celebrate the 2020 holiday. Clockwise from top left: NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Shannon Walker. Credit: NASA

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TITUSVILLE, FL –  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays well wishes abound from the astronauts and cosmonauts living and working aboard the International Space Station to all the people of Earth!

“Astronauts and cosmonauts who happen to be in space during the holidays have found their own unique ways to celebrate the occasions. In the early years of the space program, holidays spent in space were relatively rare events, such as the flight of Apollo 8 around the Moon during Christmas 1968, making them perhaps more memorable. As missions became longer and more frequent, holidays in space became less rare occasions. For the past 20 years, holidays spent aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have become annual, if not entirely routine, events, wrote NASA.

“The Exp 64 astronauts talk about the holidays far from family and friends, they show off some of their presents and issue a decorating challenge to Mission Control at @NASA_Johnson,” the crew tweeted in this video.

 

Happy Holidays from Expedition 64 beams the crew!

 

And in this most trying of years they “reflect on an unprecedented year and remind us of the resilience of the human spirit as we enter a new year.”

“Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Peace Around the World!” tweeted Expedition 64 crew member Victor Glover with this stunning video from the ISS!

Christmas and Holiday cheer is a long tradition from space to Earth is a long tradition for space flyers over the decades – and now from the recently enlarged multinational crew of seven serving aboard the ISS.

The Expedition 64 crew is currently comprised of 4 Americans, 2 Russians and 1 Japanese.

“Apollo, Skylab, Mir, space shuttle, Soyuz, and @Space_Station crews have had their share of holidays in space. Hannukah socks, makeshift Christmas trees, milk & cookies (a la astronaut), spinning dreidels, and toasting to a new year. ‘Tis the season!” tweeted NASA.

Details in this NASA story!

go.nasa.gov/38xTdGX

 

Whats more is we have the ‘Christmas Star’ formed by the ‘Great Conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn closer together in view from Earth in the night sky than they have been in 8 centuries of 800 years !

Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn as seen on Dec. 21, 2020 from Geneva, FL forms the ‘Christmas Star’ of 2020 in my Canon DSLR camera. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

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