Christmas Celebration at the International Space Station

The crew of 6 astronauts currently working on the International Space Station cannot join their families on the Christmas holidays but they are doing their bests to celebrate it joyfully. As NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, the current commander of the space station, reports they have already set up Christmas decorations and are getting ready for Christmas party and big meals. They even have a two-foot-tall artificial Christmas tree at the space station which is supposed to bring holiday atmosphere to the astronauts. On December 23, three new crew members have joined Dan Burbank, Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin at their Expedition 30 mission. American Don Pettit, Russian Oleg Kononenko, and Dutchman Andre Kuipers have arrived to  the International Space Station on Soyuz spacecraft and are supposed to spend next 6 months on the station.

The newly arrived astronauts brought Christmas cards and gifts from crew members’ friends and families. And in spite of being far away from their relatives, International Space Station crew members are not confused in the isolation and say that the wonderful view of the planet Earth they see from the station inspires them every day and especially during Christmas celebrations. In his blog Fragile Oasis, Burbank wrote: “Our planet is so beautiful, peaceful and serene when you look at it from space — the most beautiful holiday card you could imagine.”