Turkey ‘In a Pouch’ Tops Thanksgiving Treats for US Astronauts in Space Station

By Reuters

The communal spirit of Thanksgiving made its way as far as the International Space Station on Wednesday, Nov. 27, when the three NASA astronauts on board displayed some of the special food they will enjoy to mark the annual American holiday.

Astronauts Jessica Meir, Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan removed from their outer wrappers some of the dried Thanksgiving space food that they were expected to enjoy and displayed them for viewers on earth.

The Thanksgiving space treats included “Turkey in a pouch” and a can of jellied cranberry sauce in a can, which famously retains its shape and therefore seemed to make a suitable food item for zero gravity space. The astronauts also joked about coming up with a recipe for pumpkin pie while up in space.

Joking aside, the three NASA explorers said the holiday was an opportunity to let them emphasize their connections to their global family of friends, turning the holiday into a “friends giving” celebration in space.