Astronauts who’re fortunate sufficient to attain a gig aboard the Worldwide Area Station make numerous sacrifices within the title of science. They’re away from their households and buddies for months on finish, don’t have entry to lots of the fundamental creature comforts all of us get pleasure from, and reside on a considerably restricted choice of meals… until, in fact, it’s Christmas.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that headed skyward this week is carrying a complete bunch of necessary cargo. It weighs in at 5,600 kilos, and whereas a lot of the cargo is pretty typical of a resupply mission, there’s additionally a really particular vacation dinner packed away that a few of the crew members will get to get pleasure from when Christmas rolls round.
So, what do astronauts floating in orbit excessive above the Earth eat to rejoice Christmas? Because it seems, they’ll be feasting on meals that you simply’ll probably have by yourself dinner desk. Smoked turkey breast, cranberry sauce, candied yams, and fruitcake are all on the menu this yr, however not all of the scientists at the moment on board the spacecraft will be capable to benefit from the meal on Christmas eve or day.
The timing of the vacation doesn’t work out nicely for 3 of the crew members at the moment aboard the area station. Three of the scientists are quickly nearing the top of their keep in area and will likely be headed again to Earth on December 20th, leaving the three ISS residents that arrived a number of days in the past to benefit from the Christmas meal.
Sadly for SpaceX, the launch of the cargo resupply journey wasn’t fairly excellent. The ship made it into area simply high-quality, however the reusable rocket stage that was presupposed to have a comfortable touchdown on dry land ended up splashing down within the ocean as a substitute. It was a small glitch in an in any other case routine mission, however serves as a reminder that SpaceX nonetheless has a number of kinks to work out.