ASTRONAUTAS aboard the International Space Station will be at a cosmic Christmas dinner this year – thanks to Elon Musk.
Tech Titanium's Space-Shop, SpaceX, has sent a Christmas gift delivery to the ISS over the weekend.
The dragon cap carrying the festive cargo was launched from Florida in the middle of last week.
And after a three-day journey, astronaut Alexander Gerst used the giant ISS robotic arm to pick up the cargo and bring it on board.
NASA and SpaceX – who worked together on delivery – had to pay for the first attempt because of difficulties with communication equipment.
But the second attempt was successful, which means that the ISS cosmonauts will not starve on December 25.
The Christmas basket contains all the trimmings needed for a good Christmas lunch.
The astronauts will be eating smoked turkey, a green bean casserole, crystallized yams, blackberry sauce and fruit cake.
And there will also be buttery buttery biscuits, which come with icing tubes to decorate the cookies.
However, the ISS will not be as crowded as usual this Christmas.
Three astronauts are returning to Earth for the holiday season, leaving the ISS on December 20.
That will leave only three astronauts aboard the ISS during Christmas.
This year is the December 19 consecutive time that astronauts are aboard the ISS during the Christmas holidays.
Astronauts usually wear Santa hats, decorate the ISS with a small Christmas tree and socks and enjoy a space-free Christmas lunch.
Much of the menu is made from dehydrated vacuum packed foods, which are prepared by adding water and heat into the space.
Food spills can damage the equipment at the ISS, so they should be careful.
They will use a specialized equipment called space food rehydrator, which uses remnant water as a by-product of the space station's fuel cells.
Astronauts can also enjoy condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard, as well as salt and pepper.
However, the salt and pepper are suspended in liquid to ensure that the particles do not float in the air – and clog any equipment.
But unfortunately for cosmonauts, there is no alcohol on board: alcohol consumption is strictly forbidden unless it is specifically related to an experiment.
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Christmas delivery this weekend not only contained food, however.
NASA and SpaceX also shipped 40 mice and 36,000 worms, which will be used for aging and muscle studies.
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