How'd you like to spend Thanksgiving in space? In this image taken from NASA video recorded on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough shows a pouch of turkey he will be preparing for his crew in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, aboard the International Space Station. (NASA via AP/AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
How'd you like to spend Thanksgiving in space?
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Turkey and football will be the main Thanksgiving headliners up on the International Space Station.
 
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, the station's commander, is serving as Thanksgiving chef for the six-person crew. He showed off the specialties he'll be preparing in a video.
 
"It's going to be a little bit different for us up here in space," he said, "but I'm going to try to make it as much like home as we can."
 
Thanksgiving Day is a regular workday for the crew. But Kimbrough will warm up pouches of sliced smoked turkey, candied yams, and cherry and blueberry cobbler. He'll also add water to the bags of freeze-dried cornbread dressing, green beans and mushrooms and mashed potatoes.
 
"You can't have a Thanksgiving meal without green beans," he noted.
 
Mission Control promises to beam up some live football games. They will "complete the experience," Kimbrough said.
 
It will be the second Thanksgiving in space for Kimbrough. He is one month into a four-month mission. It is the third Thanksgiving for American Peggy Whitson. She just arrived at the orbiting lab for a six-month stay. One Frenchman and three Russians round off the crew.
 
Kimbrough said he and the others will share what they're thankful for this Thanksgiving. No 1 on the list, he said, is being safe in space.
 
NASA, meanwhile, is sharing its recipe for "out of this world" cornbread dressing. It's straight from Johnson Space Center's food lab, "no freeze-drying required."

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What makes the cornbread dressing “out of this world?”
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COMMENTS (73)
  • matthewd2-har
    11/28/2016 - 03:15 p.m.

    The statement "out of this world" for the cornbread dressing is mainly because there was no freeze-drying required. Its also kind of ironic for them to say "out of this world" when they are in space!

    • K16666
      11/21/2018 - 09:25 a.m.

      That was such a good answer good job

  • abbyz1-har
    11/29/2016 - 08:23 a.m.

    The cornbread dressing is out of this world because they are eating it in space. It is also fresh. There is no freeze drying required.

    • K16666
      11/21/2018 - 09:28 a.m.

      Good deatail and you describe words good

  • judea-buh
    12/01/2016 - 09:43 a.m.

    You know what? I would love to spend Thanksgiving in space. Just imagine eating a turkey in space, or the dessert pies or something like that.

  • tylers531-stu
    12/01/2016 - 10:39 a.m.

    i think it is cool because they are in space so they will be able to flpt around and have fun its cool that they are still able to have food to

  • aidand-
    12/01/2016 - 10:54 a.m.

    Cornbread dressing makes it "out of this world" because it is in space .It is out of the world in space ,so it is out of this world ,earth. It could also mean it is really good. "Out of this world" can mean really good just in a different saying.

  • jd-gai
    12/01/2016 - 01:01 p.m.

    I think that having thanksgiving in space is a great idea. I wonder if the food what they eat floats inside of them?

  • ks-gai
    12/02/2016 - 08:05 a.m.

    I Would not have Thanksgiving in space because it seems to complicated and trying to keep everything together and you don't have family to have Thanksgiving with their family and you can't play Football in space.


    Why do people have Thanksgiving in space?

  • art101-
    12/02/2016 - 11:55 a.m.

    On Thanksgiving we cook our turkey, mashed potatoes, and so on, but in space they use a pouch of turkey,with corn bread dressing. They make it straight from Johnson Space Center's food lab. When at home we cook our turkey for about 4 to 5 hours.

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