Exotic fruits and freeze-dried turkey: The ISS crew was treated to Thanksgiving with culinary masterpieces

For the astronauts of the Expedition 70 mission on the International Space Station, Thanksgiving gets a completely different taste. Their menu for the festive feast includes packages of poultry meat, fresh fruit, chocolate, pumpkin cappuccino, rice cakes, turkey, duck, quail, seafood and cranberry sauce.

NASA delivered these space culinary masterpieces along with three tons of other products on the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft. The launch took place from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the docking to the space laboratory took place two days later, just in time for the holiday.

Astronauts can enjoy not only traditional dishes, but also some novelties, such as cheese kits. NASA’s deputy manager Dana Weigel promises fun festive treats, including chicken dishes, seafood and exotic sweets. 

The crew even showed the audience in the video how the festive table was being prepared on the space station. The main dish of the Thanksgiving holiday table was turkey. But in gravity conditions, it is delivered in freeze-dried form, packaged in special bags, which are then connected to a special device that fills the bag with hot water and after that the turkey is ready for eating.

Expedition 70, which began on September 27, would explore ways to treat heart and cancer and experiment with various space production technologies in microgravity. The team includes representatives from NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. 

Thanksgiving in space was first celebrated in 1973, when the Skylab 4 astronauts celebrated it in orbit. Since then, astronauts have been constantly celebrating this holiday. Their menu is regularly updated with new dishes, developing from tubes and dry products to modern culinary masterpieces that can be found on festive tables on Earth.

Earlier we reported on how astronauts on the ISS cooked the most delicious space fast food.

According to Mashable and NASA

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