Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA is looking forward to Thanksgiving on the International Space Station. The crew will cook up a memorable meal that includes turkey in a pouch, cherry-blueberry cobbler in a pouch, candied yams in a pouch and dehydrated corn bread dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and mushrooms -- all made, you guessed it, in a pouch.
"I'm going to try to make it as much like home as we can," Kimbrough says in a NASA video released on Monday.
The ISS is home to an international crew that includes cosmonauts and a French astronaut, but all of them will share the US-style Thanksgiving meal at the end of a regular work day. Astronauts don't get the holiday off.
The NASA astronauts plan to embrace another US Thanksgiving tradition by enjoying live video feeds of American football courtesy of mission control. Kimbrough says this will "complete the experience of Thanksgiving."
The food might come in small bags, but there are some perks to celebrating space-Thanksgiving. At least the ISS crew won't have to contend with Black Friday shopping madness the next day.