Monday, November 23, 2015

Astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren Display Thanksgiving Meal

U.S. astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren displayed what they will eat aboard the International Space Station for Thanksgiving. On the astronauts' menu for Thanksgiving 2015 in outer space is: smoked turkey; candied yams; rehydratable corn; and potatoes au gratin.

In a YouTube video uploaded by NASA's Johnson Space Center, both astronauts expressed what they are thankful for.

"We're thankful for the thousands, if not tens of thousands of people at NASA and its contractor companies and all the international partner space agencies around the world that work so hard to keep us safe and make us so successful up here on the International Space Station," said Lindgren. 

"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. "Since I've been up here, seen so many bad things that often happen down there, we follow that on the news. And it just makes me really thankful to live in a country like the United States that provides us with freedom and opportunity. For me being a middle-class kid from New Jersey to just have the privilege to come up here and represent my country like this - this is what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving."

After giving thanks, the astronauts opened plastic food packages containing their Thanksgiving dinner. Lindgren munched on the smoked turkey while Kelly sampled the candied yams.

Image and video credit: NASA

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