Thanksgiving Dinner in Space: How Astronauts Dine on Turkey Day

Cmdr. Kimbrough lays out the menu


NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, Expedition 50 commander, shares his Thanksgiving dinner menu at the International Space Station in a NASA video in 2016. He and the rest of the Expedition 50 crew enjoyed a meal consisting of turkey, green beans, candied yams, mashed potatoes, cherry-and-blueberry cobbler and sweet tea. [Full Story: Thanksgiving in Space: Astronauts Will Be Working and Feasting]

Cornbread stuffing


Cmdr. Barry "Butch" Wilmore holds up a bag of freeze-dried cornbread stuffing. Astronauts just need to add water and heat it up to make this delicious Thanksgiving dish. You can even try this at home with NASA's recipe for space cornbread stuffing

Thanksgiving Dinner 2013


NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, Expedition 38 flight engineer, shows off his Thanksgiving meal before digging in at the Unity node of the International Space Station in 2013.

Canned Cranberries


NASA astronaut Dan Burbank catches a floating can of cranberries on the International Space Station just before Thanksgiving in 2011. [Full Story: Thanksgiving in Space: Playing With Food Allowed]

Russian Cosmonauts take part in Turkey Day, too.


Cosmonauts Vladimir N. Dezhurov (left) and Mikhail Tyurin, both Expedition 3 flight engineers, eat a Thanksgiving meal in the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station in 2001.

Get Ready for Christmas!


With Thanksgiving dinner done, astronauts in space are sure to look forward to their next major holiday: Christmas.

The International Space Station is fully stocked with decorations (complete with tree, stockings and Santa hats as worn by Italian astronaut Samantha Christoforetti here) and you can be sure NASA and other space agencies will pack some tasty treats for that holiday dinner, too!

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.