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Astronauts aboard ISS celebrate Christmas in space

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Astronauts on board the International Space Station are celebrating Christmas in space.

The Expedition 50 crew sent a holiday greeting back home to Earth on Sunday. Astronaut Peggy Whitson says being in space gives Christmas a new meaning for her, emphasizing the importance of coming together.

"Being on board the ISS gives us a slightly different perspective on Christmas. Obviously friends and family are important to all of us, but besides funny hats, there is another very important aspect of being on the ISS and that's seeing the planet as a whole and it actually reinforces, I think, that we should live as one people and strive for peace," she said.

American and French astronauts are sharing memories of Christmas with their families.

"This year I wont be able to to be there of course but I'll think of them, I'll try to give them a call, catch up as much as I can. Make the most of this opportunity to look at the earth, reflect about what Christmas means to us as individuals, to the world in general, and I think we'll have a good time on board the ISS and share a Christmas meal together," said Thomas Pesquet, who is from Rouen, France.

And describing their holiday plans this year in zero gravity. The crew will enjoy a dehydrated feast of traditional food from each of their hometowns. French food on the Christmas menu includes chicken supreme with morels, ox tongue and gingerbread. Typical American green beans, potatoes, turkey and cornbread stuffing will go along with cobbler, chocolate cake, hot cider and cocoa.

"We're going to eat very well up here at Christmas. Of course we're all going to miss our family members and wish we could be with them, but we're going to have a great time up here. But like Thomas said earlier, we're going to reflect on what this whole season means to us and our families. So from the Expedition 50 crew, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays," said Commander Shane Kimbrough.

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