Halloween 2023: How astronauts celebrated a good tradition on the ISS

The productive work of the ISS crew is also interrupted for the holidays. This year, astronauts took part in the celebration of Halloween and decorated their spacesuits with special costumes in trick-or-treating style. The masquerade in orbit, which has long become a kind of good tradition, was held in the Japanese Kibo module on October 31.

The crew of the ISS-70 expedition poses in Halloween costumes on October 31, 2023. Image credit: Andreas Mogensen/ESA

Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency (ESA) took a photo of the crew in a festive masquerade and posted it on the social network X, where he invited viewers to guess what theme was hidden in these outfits. 

This time, each crew member chose their own style. Jasmin Moghbeli dressed in a suit in the shape of a box with the inscription “bread”, on which she posted a photo of herself with her daughters. Satoshi Furukawa from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) chose a suit with a hat of Luigi, one of the heroes of the Super Mario video games from Nintendo.

Loral O’Hara from NASA chose a Colorado-themed hat with mountains and the inscription “Go Outside: Never Stop Exploring.” This inscription may be connected with her planned spacewalk, and the connection with Colorado is due to the astronaut’s childhood, which she spent in the mountains of this state.

Finally, the author of the photo, Andreas Mogensen put on a foil hat and a T-shirt with the inscription Birds aren’t real. They are associated with an alien invasion and conspiracy theories that are quite popular among the younger generation; the astronaut makes fun of them with his outfit.

Subsequently, another themed photo appeared on the official NASA’s X page, where astronauts were dressed as other characters. This time, try to guess without a clue what their outfits are associated with in the picture below.

Halloween 2023 on the ISS. Photo: NASA

This unexpected choice of outfits adds brightness and humor to the astronauts’ workflow on the ISS and reminds us how important it is to maintain a cheerful mood in the extreme conditions of cold space at an altitude of 400 km above the Earth’s surface. 

It is worth noting that Halloween was celebrated only by the American segment of the station. Russian cosmonauts did not take part in the celebration.

Earlier we reported on how the NASA telescope captured a nebula in the form of a “ghost hand” in honor of Halloween.

According to space.com

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