Astronauts may not be able to raise turkeys in the International Space Station (ISS), but that doesn't stop the spacefarers from having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner!The ISS Expedition 53 crew will enjoy a specially prepared meal together this Thanksgiving (Nov. 23). Only three of the six crewmembers are from the United States, but everyone will get together to take part in this U.S. tradition. On the menu: turkey, mashed potatoes, corn bread dressing and candied yams.
Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft is set to lift off aboard the company’s Antares rocket on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4:49 a.m. EST (9:49 a.m. UTC) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.Under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, Cygnus will carry about 7,500 pounds of crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station, including science and research in support of dozens of research investigations.
On June 29, 2018, a box of live bees launched to the ISS on the SpaceX CRS-15 mission. The experiment was designed by Team NESS, a group of girls from different high schools in Illinois. We did this Q&A with three team members—Erin, Skye, and Sarah—at Kennedy Space Center the day before their experiment was scheduled to launch.
Devin Askue is a high school senior who participated in the Go For Launch! program in 2016. His team, the Saguaro Snakes, proposed an experiment that asked, “Can a Peanut Plant Help Us Colonize Mars?” Their idea was selected to be turned into a flight project that launched to the International Space Station in 2017. This experience and the additional opportunities that arose from it have helped Devin advance on his chosen path to become an aerospace engineer.
Desmen Boykin is an 8th grader at Graham Park Middle School in Triangle, Virginia. He participated in the Go For Launch! program in 2017, which includes a competition to design a space experiment. His team, Operation Galaxy X, won with an idea to study the life cycle of mealworms in space. The team coordinated with Higher Orbits and Space Tango to turn the design into a real flight experiment, which launched to the International Space Station in 2017. Designing the experiment was exciting, but the truly transformational experience for Boykin was getting to attend the rocket launch.