Labor Day 2018 in Space! Astronauts Relax with Busy Days Ahead

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The three U.S. astronauts currently aboard the space station, as seen in August 2018. (Image credit: NASA)

You may have traveled for Labor Day weekend, but you can't top the holiday excursion being shared by the U.S. astronauts who marked the holiday in space.

Three Americans are currently living on board the International Space Station: Cmdr. Andrew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor. The trio had the holiday to themselves just a few days after the astronauts were forced to ignore their scheduled tasks by a small leak that was detected late on Aug. 29 in a Soyuz capsule attached to the space station.

That leak was fixed the next day, and the patch held overnight, according to a NASA statement released on Aug. 31, allowing crewmembers to return to their normal duties.

The astronauts are free to spend their day off however they choose, NASA spokesperson Dan Huot told in an email. "As usual with holidays, it is free time, so what they'll be doing is entirely crew discretion (so we don't have insight in advance.)," he wrote in an email.

September will be busy for Feustel and Arnold, both of whom are preparing to conduct a spacewalk later in the month. Today will also be their last holiday in space this visit, as they are scheduled to return to Earth in October. Auñón-Chancellor is due to remain aboard the space station until December.

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Meghan Bartels
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Meghan is a senior writer at and has more than five years' experience as a science journalist based in New York City. She joined in July 2018, with previous writing published in outlets including Newsweek and Audubon. Meghan earned an MA in science journalism from New York University and a BA in classics from Georgetown University, and in her free time she enjoys reading and visiting museums. Follow her on Twitter at @meghanbartels.