Thanksgiving in space: Work, turkey and football

Kimbrough on space station
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough shows off a pouch holding Thanksgiving turkey. (NASA via YouTube)

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.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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