Thanksgiving Day is a workday on the International Space Station, but it’s still a special day for the station’s six crew members — even for the ones who aren’t American.
“I’m Italian, and we don’t have Thanksgiving,” the European Space Agency’s Paolo Nespoli said in NASA’s holiday video. “It’s not that we don’t say thanks, but we don’t have the celebration of Thanksgiving.”
Except in orbit.
The tasks on the Thanksgiving agenda include processing cargo that arrived last week aboard a robotic Cygnus spaceship. But at the end of the day, the three Americans on board— Randy Bresnik, Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei — will kick back with Nespoli and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Sergey Ryazansky.