Astronauts aboard ISS enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal. NASA’s Terry Virts and Barry “Butch” Wilmore had a Thanksgiving meal with the rest of the members of Expedition 42. But like all food served in space, their meal was unusual.
The traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated by Americans wherever they might be, even if they are in space. And the food served at the International Space Station will contain the usual dessert, stuffing and turkey. The distinction between the food eaten by astronauts and regular one is that the meals in space are comprised of irradiated, thermo stabilized, freeze dried foods.
This means that the astronauts aboard ISS enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal made up of freeze dried green beans and mushrooms, thermo stabilized candied yams and irradiated smoked turkey. As for desert they served a cherry and blueberry cobbler that was also thermo stabilized.
Wilmore, in his Thanksgiving video said:
“I’m from Tennessee, so I grew up drinking sweet tea — so I’ve got a little sweet tea as well. We’re going to have all of that up here and try to share in the spirit of the season,”
Even if the menu served by the astronauts sounds traditional, the way food goes in space requires a little high tech processing. The food onboard the ISS is developed to last a very long time without the need of refrigeration. Food in space is heated using hot water, since there are no microwaves or ovens available.
But astronauts aboard ISS enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal despite the less traditional means and they joined together in the spirit of the holiday and are treasuring what they are all thankful for this day. Commander Butch Wilmore said what he’s the most thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday in a video message which showed the way the meal was prepared for their holiday feast.
“People around the globe that are doing things day in and day out that make a difference for freedom. I’m thankful for those people. I’m thankful for their families too.”
Commander Butch Wilmore said.
Other members of the Expedition 42 include Anton Shkaplerov, Alexander Samokutyaev and Elenea Serova from Roscosmos and Samantha Cristoforetti from the European Space Agency.