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Thanksgiving In Space Isn't As Glamorous As It Sounds

Astronauts on the International Space Station will eat their specially prepared Thanksgiving meal from food pouches.

By Matt Picht | November 23, 2016

NASA wants to wish you a happy Thanksgiving — from space!

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough explained, "Our food's a little bit different. So here's our turkey right here."

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The International Space Station crew is celebrating Thanksgiving in low-Earth orbit. And it's become traditional for the astronauts to share the details of their holiday meals with the rest of us down on Earth.

Their feast is prepared by food scientists at Texas A&M. It's thermostabilized and/or dehydrated so it can survive the trip into space. 

Here's what's on the menu this year: turkey, candied yams, mashed potatoes, green beans and cherry blueberry cobbler.

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It'll be shared among NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, and the European Space Agency's astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Eating and drinking out of pouches doesn't look quite as appetizing as a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal. Hopefully, the amazing view makes up for it.

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