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Space Station Astronaut Celebrates Halloween With Special Costume

European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano dressed up as Superman in honor of Halloween. Image released Oct. 31, 2013.
European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano dressed up as Superman in honor of Halloween. Image released Oct. 31, 2013. (Image credit: David Saint-Jacques (@Astro_DavidS))

It's Halloween on Earth, but at least one astronaut on the International Space Station is celebrating the spooky holiday from orbit.

European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano dressed up like Superman while speaking to NASA ground controllers today (Oct. 31). David Saint-Jacques, a Canadian Space Agency astronaut, snapped a photo of Parmitano in full super hero regalia and posted it on Twitter.

The Canadian Space Agency translated Saint-Jacques' post (@Astro_DavidS) from French to English: "@astro_luca [Luca Parmitano] dressed up [for] Halloween," the CSA's (@csa_asc) translation reads. "Wonder if the cape helps him fly better aboard #ISS!"

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Miriam Kramer
Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a staff writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also serves as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. You can follow Miriam on Twitter and Google+.