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Halloween on the Space Station

Although no trick-or-treaters come knocking at the International Space Station’s front hatch (…yet), crew members aboard the orbiting facility still like to get in the Halloween spirit. Whether individually or as an entire crew, they might dress up in sometimes spooky, sometimes scary, but always creative costumes, often designed from materials available aboard the space station. Please enjoy the following scenes from Halloweens past, even as we anticipate the costumes of the future.

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Left: Halloween 2009 and the Expedition 21 crew shows off its costumes. Middle: Expedition 21 Flight Engineer NASA astronaut Nicole P. Stott. Right: Stott’s version of a jack-o’-lantern, carved from an orange recently delivered to the space station by a Progress resupply vehicle.

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Left: Italian Space Agency astronaut Luca S. Parmitano finally gets his wish to fly like Superman during Expedition 37. Right: Who’s that behind the scary mask? None other than NASA astronaut Scott J. Kelly celebrating Halloween in 2015 during his one-year mission.

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Left: The Expedition 53 crew all dressed up for Halloween in 2017. Middle: Expedition 53 Commander NASA astronaut Randolph J. “Randy” Bresnik showing off his costume. Right: NASA astronaut and Expedition 53 Flight Engineer Joseph M. Acaba wearing Halloween colors.

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Left: Expedition 53 Flight Engineer Aleksandr A. Misurkin, representing Roscosomos, in his Halloween attire. Middle: Misurkin and NASA astronaut and fellow Expedition 53 Flight Engineer Mark T. Vande Hei comparing costumes. Right: European Space Agency astronaut Paolo A. Nespoli showing off his Spiderman skills.

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Left: Expedition 57 crewmembers in their Halloween best – Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei V. Prokopiev, left, European Space Agency astronaut and Commander Alexander Gerst, and NASA astronaut Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor. Right: Members of Expedition 61, NASA astronaut Christina H. Koch, top left, European Space Agency astronaut Luca S. Parmitano, NASA astronaut Andrew R. “Drew” Morgan, and NASA astronaut Jessica U. Meir, show off their Halloween spirit in 2019.

The spookiness continues…