Space Station Photos: Expedition 50 Astronauts in Action

'Tis the Season of Giving


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

Cupola Selfie


Expedition 50 crewmembers Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency and Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough of NASA take a selfie during robotics training inside the Cupola of the International Space Station.

Peggy Whitson in the Cupola


Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA sent holiday greetings and festive imagery from the cupola window on Dec. 18, 2016.

ISS Addition


The ISS continues to expand with the addition of the HTV in mid-December 2016. The Expedition 50 crew is checking out the new digs.

Story Time from Space


Aboard the ISS with a globe suspended beside him, ESA's Thomas Pesquet reads to kids on Earth.

Peggy Whitson Christmas Socks

NASA/Peggy Whitson via Twitter

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson dons a Santa hat and Christmas socks in weightlessness to celebrate the holidays on the International Space Station on Dec. 22, 2016.

Christmas Dinner with the ISS Family


All six members of the Expedition 50 crew aboard the International Space Station celebrated the holidays together with a festive meal.

What's for Dinner?


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.

Shane Kimbrough and EVA Suits


NASA astronaut and current commander of the International Space Station Shane Kimbrough floats weightlessly next to two spacesuits. Kimbrough and the Expedition 50 crew performed routine maintenance on the spacesuits throughout December to prepare for spacewalks coming up in January 2017.

Pesquet, Whiston and Kimbrough celebrate Holidays on ISS


NASA's Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough and ESA's Thomas Pesquet celebrate Christmas together.

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Christine Lunsford
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Christine Lunsford joined the team in 2010 as a freelance producer and later became a contributing writer, covering astrophotography images, astronomy photos and amazing space galleries and more. During her more than 10 years with, oversaw the site's monthly skywatching updates and produced overnight features and stories on the latest space discoveries. She enjoys learning about subjects of all kinds.