Saturday, a SpaceX Dragon capsule launched days earlier from Florida delivered smoked turkey, green bean casserole, candied yams, cranberry sauce and fruitcake. There also are shortbread and butter cookies, with tubes of icing for decorating. But before an equipment failure in New Mexico for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite system resulted in a temporary loss of communication with the station. Situation was solved. Christmas is celebrated each year by the International Space Station crew, their families, and ground-staff. Three of the space station’s current residents will be on board for Christmas; the other three will return to Earth on Dec. 20. Now, the station is home for two Americans, two Russians, one Canadian and a German.
Christmas on the ISS in 2011
The space station has housed astronauts every Christmas since 2000 and they celebrated the holiday. On 24 December 2013, astronauts made a rare Christmas Eve extravehicular activity to replace an equipment. This year,with the same delivery, the ISS team received 40 mice and 36,000 worms for scientific observation and experiments. They will have much to work and the benefit will be for people on Earth.