Endeavour Astronauts Celebrate Holiday in Orbit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The fixings are freeze dried and the concept of a "sit-down" meal is unfeasible as the crew aboard the international space station tucks into its Thanksgiving meal.

Astronauts raised plastic cups of iced tea and toasted the Thanksgiving holiday from the international space station Thursday. They dined together on smoked turkey and rehydrated green beans and cornbread while floating around inside the orbital outpost some 220 miles above Earth.

The crew has last-minute packing to do before climbing back into Endeavour Thursday afternoon. The astronauts undock and ship off to Florida early Friday. They're expected back Sunday.

Endeavour's payload was packed with home improvement items including, a bathroom, kitchenette, two bedrooms and a system that purifies urine into drinking water. All is needed to double the space station's population to six next year.

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