Astronauts will celebrate Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner in space this year
If you think you’re too far from America to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, take some inspiration from the astronauts who will be enjoying turkey and trimmings in space this year.
— NASA (@NASA) November 23, 2016
Thanks to scientists at the Space Food Research Facility at Texas A&M University, astronauts will be having a traditional meal in a very non-traditional setting. Since 2007, the university has created more than 50 menu items for astronauts at the International Space Station and throughout NASA’s spacelift programme.
The university released a video of the university’s chancellor, John Sharp, meeting with food scientist Brian O’Neill and a former astronaut and current Texas A&M professor Dr. Bonnie Dunbar at the Space Food Research Facility, to test out a bit of the food.
The space station crew will eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but there's nothing traditional about how they prepare it! pic.twitter.com/QHBtOe3s92
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) November 22, 2016
The food pouches, or MREs (Meal Ready to Eat), are prepped, heat-sealed inside of a pouch and sterilised to give them a long shelf life. This year, the holiday food pouches for astronauts will be filled with holiday favourites like sliced turkey, candied yams, apricot cobbler, and more.
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) November 21, 2016
To get people excited for the holiday, NASA has even been sharing some insight into enjoying a holiday meal in space, from heating up the food to a recipe for cornbread.