As the Earth celebrated 25th December with great spirit, people away from the Earth also celebrated their Christmas in their unique way.
These astronauts on the International Space Station celebrated their Christmas weightlessly floating inside a laboratory that’s whizzing around the Earth at 17,500 mph (28,000 kilometers/hour).
Astronauts at the space station even have gifts from home to open this morning. The gifts were sent to space earlier this month inside a Japanese cargo supply ship. Because the spacecraft goes around the Earth every 92 minutes, its occupants will see about 15 sunrises throughout the day. That’s 15 Christmas mornings in less than 24 hours!
The crew of ISS celebrated Christmas as a normal holiday on Earth, talking, relaxing and resting. As the NASA spokesperson Dan Huot told Space.com that the astronauts normally get an off on Sundays but this year they also got a Christmas off on 26th December, Monday.
On 20th of this month NASA shared a video n which three of the six crewmembers aboard the station talked about what the holiday means to them — and what’s on the dinner menu, of course.
It’s a tradition to send down Christmas messages on Earth from space.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, American astronaut and ISS commander Shane Kimbrough and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson are seen in the video talking about their floating Christmas and what this specfial holiday signify to them.
Interestingly Pesquet rocked a Santa hat in the video. In that weightless environment, though, his hat takes on the pointy shape of one you’d find on an elf or a lawn gnome. At least it didn’t float away from his head.
Featured image courtesy: space.com