25/11/2016 2:28 pm
The International Space Station Expedition 50 crew gather around the dining table in the Zvezda module for a Thanksgiving dinner.
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (third from right) posted this image on social media, commenting: "The crew of Expedition 50 wishes you a happy Thanksgiving! And yes it’s turkey we’re eating, can’t you tell?".
Thomas arrived at the ISS on 19 November 2016 together with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson (right, back) and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky (left). They were welcomed on board by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough (right, front) and Roscosmos cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko (second from left) and Sergei Ryzhikov (third from left).
Thomas' Proxima mission is the ninth long-duration mission for an ESA astronaut. It is named after the closest star to the Sun, continuing a tradition of naming missions with French astronauts after stars and constellations.
During Proxima, Thomas will perform around 50 scientific experiments for ESA and France’s space agency CNES as well as take part in many research activities for the other Station partners. The mission is part of ESA’s vision to use Earth-orbiting spacecraft as a place to live and work for the benefit of European society while using the experience to prepare for future voyages of exploration further into the Solar System.
Connect with Thomas Pesquet: http://thomaspesquet.esa.int
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