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The View and the Food May Be Different, but Astronauts on the ISS Still Find Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Space.

The astronauts aboard the ISS are used to eating space food. After all, every kilogram we send into orbit costs a lot of money. So most of their food is dehydrated and designed more for nutritional requirements than pleasing the palate. Still, celebration and reflection are basic human activities that we all long for after a while. And food is often a big part of those activities. How then, does one make a special meal out of vacuum-sealed beef stroganoff? One gets creative, that’s how. That’s exactly what the astronauts on the ISS are doing as they prepare to spend this year’s Thanksgiving in space.

A Happy Thanksgiving in Space

Of course, NASA’s not completely callous to the need for an “old-fashioned” turkey dinner, so there are pouches with turkey dinners in them. The creativity comes with the rest of the trimmings. Pumpkin pie, for example, was not on the menu. According to astronaut Christina Koch, her compatriots are “coming up with some ideas of how we might create our own pumpkin pie, maybe with a little bit of cookies stuffed in the pouch of candied yams.”

That creativity, it turns out, is very important. There’s a very real phenomenon experienced by both astronauts and military personnel alike called “menu fatigue.” When the supply of food is relatively monotonous for prolonged periods of time, some people lose their appetites, even for foods that usually excite them. With malnutrition a very real concern, finding creative ways to avoid menu fatigue can be vital. 

Above all else, though, the astronauts say their focus will be on their families and loved ones back on Earth. The three Americans currently aboard the ISS made a special Thanksgiving video and tweeted it on Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving from Space Porn!

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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