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Astronaut Celebrates Hanukkah from Space with Festive Socks

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir shows off some colorful, Hanukkah socks on the International Space Station on the first night of Hanukkah, Dec. 22, 2019.  (Image credit: Astro_Jessica/Twitter)

One astronaut on the International Space Station (opens in new tab) celebrated Hanukkah yesterday (Dec. 22) with some colorful accessories.

On the first night of Hanukkah, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir (opens in new tab)tweeted a photo of her feet in some nontraditional but festive blue, neon green and purple socks, complete with menorahs and representations of the Star of David. In the photo, her feet are pictured seemingly dangling above the Earth from space, as she took the photo in the Cupola, an observatory module on the space station.

"Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it on Earth! #HappyHanukkah," Meir's tweet read. 

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With thousands of likes and retweets, people around the world appreciated Meir's holiday greeting, with many responding with "chag sameach," which translates to "happy holidays" in Hebrew. 

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft was scheduled to dock with the space station on Saturday (Dec. 21) and deliver cargo that included holiday presents. However, an anomaly caused the craft (opens in new tab) to skip its rendezvous and make an early landing (opens in new tab)back on Earth. Still, it seems like Meir thought ahead to bring some holiday cheer along with her to space so the crew wasn't totally devoid of festive fun this weekend. 

Meir arrived at the space station in late September and has already had an extremely eventful time working on the station. In October, she took part in her first spacewalk, which happened to be the historic, first all-woman spacewalk (opens in new tab). She completed it with fellow astronaut Christina Koch, who is on track to beat the record for the most amount of time spent in space (opens in new tab)by an American woman. 

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Chelsea “Foxanne” Gohd joined Space.com in 2018 and is now a Senior Writer, writing about everything from climate change to planetary science and human spaceflight in both articles and on-camera in videos. With a degree in Public Health and biological sciences, Chelsea has written and worked for institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine and Live Science. When not writing, editing or filming something space-y, Chelsea "Foxanne" Gohd is writing music and performing as Foxanne, even launching a song to space in 2021 with Inspiration4. You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd and @foxannemusic.

  • Truthseeker007
    Gosh now they are trying to take these wacky religions off the planet also. :D I am pretty sure the Aliens aren't worshipping Yahweh.;)
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