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Expedition 34 Spends Christmas in Space
Commander Kevin Ford

Commander Kevin Ford sends holiday greetings. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 30 celebrates Christmas in space

Expedition 30 crew members celebrate Christmas aboard the space station in 2011. Credit: NASA

Expedition 34 is the latest crew to spend Christmas aboard the International Space Station. The six-member crew, Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn, Roman Romanenko, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, will spend a light-duty day relaxing, sharing a traditional meal, opening gifts and talking to family members.

› Send holiday greetings to the Expedition 34 crew

Ford sent holiday greetings to the world from the Destiny laboratory in early December. Hadfield and Marshburn offered their holiday wishes from Russia before launching Dec. 19 to join Ford and his crewmates.

› Commander Kevin Ford sends holiday greetings
› Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield sends holiday greetings
› Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield sends holiday’s greetings (French)
› Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn sends holiday’s greetings

Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko arrived on Dec. 21 to spend Christmas with their orbiting crewmates. Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin already spent Thanksgiving in space. Ford sent down a Thanksgiving video message on Nov. 21. NASA food scientist Vickie Kloeris also discussed preparing holiday meals for the station crew members.

› Expedition 34 Spends Thanksgiving in Space
› NASA Food Scientist discusses preparing holiday meals

Since 2000, 13 Expedition crews have celebrated Christmas in space. An array of station crew members from all over the world have spent the holiday season orbiting the Earth.

For 13 years, Americans, Russians, Europeans, Japanese and a Canadian have been sharing a Christmas meal, opening gifts and talking to family members while soaring in outer space. The crews get in the holiday mood by setting up decorations in the station.

The first station crew to spend Christmas in space was Expedition 1 in 2000. Commander William Shepherd and Flight Engineers Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev also spent the first Thanksgiving on the space station. The trio spent 136 days aboard the orbital laboratory.

› Read the Dec. 26, 2000 ISS status report
› Read the Nov, 22, 2000 ISS status report