Christmas at the Space Station: Astronauts Celebrate with New Tree, Gifts from Earth

3 Americans+2 Russians+1 Japanese: “We have gifts from our families and friends, and packages on board the ISS labeled to open on Dec. 25 for U.S. crewmembers and Dec. 31 for us from Russia,” Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov told reporters Dec. 16, one day before he launched to the ISS with Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai. (Russia celebrates Eastern Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7, but Russians traditionally open gifts on New Year’s Eve.)


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