Lofty US Thanksgiving: Astronauts feasting on pouches of turkey

NASA astronauts Joe Acaba left Randy Bresnik center and Mark Vande Hei give interviews on the International Space Station

Astronauts at the International Space Station will be feasting Thursday on pouches of Thanksgiving turkey. | NASA via AP

Astronauts at the International Space Station will be feasting Thursday on pouches of Thanksgiving turkey.

Along with the traditional turkey meal, dishes like mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, candied yams and cranapple dessert - all individually sealed in foil packages - are part of this year's Thanksgiving menu.

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"Our hearts and prayers go out to those that are serving our country, not at home for this Thanksgiving, and that they are able to make it special where they are, just like we're going to", he added. This is his second Thanksgiving off the planet; he was aboard space shuttle Atlantis in November 2009. "We've got some good food up here, some goodies from home".

Bresnik was joined by NASA crewmates Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency.

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The NASA astronauts say they won't have the day off.

So they'll gather with their worldwide crewmates in the evening for the big meal.

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