Holidays in space: an astronaut photo album

Santa Stopped By


The Expedition 50 crew, made up of Robert S. Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson of NASA; Andrei Borisenko, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and ESA's Thomas Pesquet, opens a few gifts during their 2016 Holiday Celebration.

Dinner and Decor


During their 2016 Christmas Dinner, Expedition 50 crewmembers don the ISS with some festive decorations as well.

A Space Shuttle Christmas


This still from a NASA video shows the only Christmas holiday mission by a space shuttle crew. The astronauts of NASA's STS-103 mission in December 1999 visited the Hubble Space Telescope for a repair flight and donned Santa hats to mark the Christmas holiday in space.

Christmas in Space 2012: The Tree

Chris Hadfield/Canadian Space Agency

A close-up of the space station Christmas tree, snapped by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield during the Expedition 34 mission in 2012.

'Tis the Season of Giving


The Expedition 50 crewmembers where hats from NASA's Peggy Whitson during their 2016 Holiday Party.

Merry Christmas From Space: Expedition 34


The six-man crew of the International Space Station (including a bearded Father Christmas) wishes Mission Control a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays on Dec. 25, 2012, during the Expedition 34 mission.

Astronauts' Holiday Greetings Stress Unity on Earth


NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, commander of Expedition 26 aboard the International Space Station, poses for a holiday photo near the station's miniature Christmas tree.

ISS Christmas Dinner 2016


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station show off their Christmas dinner. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson sends a package of dehydrated mashed potatoes floating in microgravity while holding packets of cider and hot cocoa. NASA astronaut and ISS commander Shane Kimbrough holds packages with turkey, fruit salad, green beans and potatoes. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet looks on in a weightless Santa hat.

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