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Thanksgiving menu on the International Space Station features “traditional holiday fare with a space-food flair”

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Nov 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-27 11:18:00-05

Two American astronauts are among six crew members spending their Thanksgiving in space on the International Space Station.

Commander Butch Willmore has spent the past 63 days on the ISS while Flight Engineer Terry Virts arrived on the ISS just four days ago.

They’re accompanied by Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov, Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Russia’s Roscosmos and Italian Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency.

Willmore delivered a Thanksgiving message from space earlier this week where he described what he and his crewmates will be eating for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Their menu will include traditional holiday fare with a space-food flair, according to a blog post from NASA.

It features irradiated smoked turkey, thermostabilized candied yams and freeze-dried green beans and mushrooms as well as NASA’s own freeze-dried cornbread dressing. Dessert features thermostabilized cherry-blueberry cobbler.