Nothing could stop the ISS astronauts from celebrating Thanksgiving, not even the fact that they weren’t on Earth. NASA scientists Joe Acaba, Mark Vande, and Randy Bresnik, together with ESA astronaut Pablo Nespoli, celebrated the holiday together on the ISS, and enjoyed one of the most delicious Thanksgiving meal that the space has seen.
The ISS astronauts enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal
NASA didn’t want its astronauts to feel bad because they are away from home during the holidays. If they couldn’t be with their loved ones, NASA wanted at least to let them enjoy one of the most delicious and diverse Thanksgiving feasts. They didn’t receive a predetermined menu, as they got the chance to choose whatever they liked from a list of 200 dishes.
Among the meals they could eat, there were the traditional ones which cannot miss from any Thanksgiving table. These included the everlasting turkey, yams, and stuffing, all of them being available in pouches. Unfortunately, the iconic pumpkin spice wasn’t on the list, but the astronauts could pamper themselves with a dessert like cherry blueberry cobbler.
It’s quite difficult to convert food into space meals
The International Space Station posted a video on Twitter which presented how the meal was prepared. Astronauts haven’t figured out how to cook in space, so all the dishes could instantly turn edible just by adding water. However, they usually enjoy such delightful meals only on special occasions. Most of the time, they choose to preserve their resources and dine only on the essentials.
Even if the space Thanksgiving menu seems quite varied, the astronauts still cannot enjoy all the goodies we have here on Earth. Preparing food in space is a lengthy and costly process, so the scientists couldn’t afford to turn too many dishes into instant space meals. Some products, such as vegetables, are incredibly hard to convert, but this couldn’t stop the astronauts from enjoying the holiday.
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) November 22, 2017
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