Atlanta astronaut eats Thanksgiving dinner in space

Atlanta astronaut Shane Kimbrough shows off Thanksgiving dinner that crew members eat on the International Space Station (ISS) while orbiting in space.
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Atlanta astronaut Shane Kimbrough shows off Thanksgiving dinner that crew members eat on the International Space Station (ISS) while orbiting in space.

Like many Atlantans, astronaut Shane Kimbrough plans to gather around the table and eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  But this traditional meal certainly isn't typical.

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Kimbrough—along with five other space crew members—are aboard the International Space Station (ISS), orbiting many miles away in space on Thanksgiving Day. Kimbrough is one of two Americans on board, but all of the astronauts—who are from the U.S., France and Russia—will dig into a space-friendly version of a quintessential, American Thanksgiving meal: packets of turkey, green beans, candied yams and mashed potatoes. In order to eat dinner, the orbiting men and women just add water.

In a NASA video, Kimbrough shares the Thanksgiving Day menu that the crew will eat, and points out that he will enjoy pouches of a Southern favorite with his dinner. "I'm from Atlanta, so I can't have Thanksgiving dinner without having some sweet tea," he says. Packets of cherry-and-blueberry cobbler are served for dessert.