The two Americans aboard the International Space Station won’t be getting Thanksgiving Day off, but they will be getting NASA’s traditional turkey dinner … out of a vacuum-packed pouch.
“We’ll heat this up, and it’ll taste really good, just like you’re having it at home,” NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, the station’s commander, said in a pre-holiday video.
Also on the menu: mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, green beans and mushrooms (all dehydrated), and pouch-preserved candied yams plus cherry-blueberry cobbler for dessert. There’ll be powdered sweet tea with lemon for Kimbrough, an Atlanta native.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who arrived at the station over the weekend, will be in on the festivities, along with the crew’s three Russians and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
“Of course, Thanksgiving in my world is not complete without some football, so we’re going to have Mission Control send up some live football games for us to watch, to complete the experience of Thanksgiving,” Kimbrough said.