They may be more than 400 kilometres above Earth, but astronauts aboard the International Space Station still enjoyed an American Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.
The six astronauts had a slightly less traditional version of turkey dinner.
Their Thanksgiving feast had more of what NASA called “space-food flair.” It included:
Irradiated smoked turkey.
Thermostabilized candied yams.
Freeze-dried green beans and mushrooms.
Freeze-dried cornbread dressing.
Future astronauts may have one fresh Thanksgiving meal item to look forward to: sweet potatoes.
Astronauts aboard the ISS are experimenting with growing plants and the sweet potato is proving to be a good candidate for future astronauts to harvest on deep space missions. It’s loaded with carbohydrates and beta-carotene, and adapts well to conditions in space.
This year, there’s also thermostabilized cherry-blueberry cobbler for dessert.