On December 25, 2018, which is also the day that marks the 50th anniversary of the first ever Christmas that was ever celebrated in outer space, the crew Expedition 58 wished Merry Christmas to the people, from the International Space Station, while celebrating the festival in orbit. Anne McCLain, astronaut from the American space agency NASA, recently shared a picture of the planet Earth, along with our very own natural satellite, the Moon, on her Twitter account, saying that she is finding herself looking down at home quite a lot in this holiday season.
Half a century ago on December 25, 1968, during their Apollo 8 moon mission, some of the astronauts from NASA, including Frank Borman, Bill Anders, and Jim Lovell, finished their first flight around our very own Moon and started the journey back to the planet Earth. On that particular Christmas evening, Astronaut Anders took a photo of our planet which was peeking over the horizon of the moon. And now, another crew of three people is spending their holiday in space which includes the astronauts David Saint-Jacques, Oleg Kononenko, and Anne McClain.
On their dinner menu on the Christmas evening, the astronauts had a traditional feast with some candied yams, smoked turkey, mac, green beans, among other stuff. The people also celebrated with bread pudding, strawberries, butter cookies, and other things, as the desert. These holiday treats arrived a few days ago, on December 8, on the International Space Station, and they were delivered by the SpaceX Dragon CRS-16 cargo spacecraft. Along with the food items, some of the gifts from the respective families were also delivered by the same, which have been kept private. While others enjoyed the day, Kononenko had also been assigned some important work such as collecting the samples of saliva and blood, and he’ll be getting an off on January 7, 2019.