ASTRONAUTS aboard the international space station will be in a cosmic Christmas dinner this year – thanks to Elon Musk.
Tech Titan's astronaut SpaceX sent a weekend delivery Christmas present to ISS.
Dragon capsule with the festive cargo launched from Florida in the middle of last week.
And after a three-day trip, astronaut Alexander Gerst used the huge robot arm to pick up the load and bring it on board.
Nasa and SpaceX – who worked together for delivery – had to defend the first attempt due to difficulties with comms equipment.
But the second attempt was successful, which means that the ISS cosmonauts will not be hungry on December 25th.
The Christmas Market contains all the necessary trimmings for a good Christmas meal.
The astronauts will tuck into smoked turkey, a green bean, candied yams, cranberry sauce and fruit cake.
And there will also be shortbread and buttercakes that come with ice-cream to decorate biscuits.
However, the ISS will not be as crowded as usual this Christmas.
Three astronauts return to Earth for the holiday season and leave ISS on December 20th.
It will leave only three astronauts aboard the ISS over Christmas.
This year, December 19th, the astronauts have been on board the ISS during the Christmas holidays.
The astronauts typically dress in Santa hats, decorate the ISS with a small Christmas tree and stockings, and enjoy a fun-filled Christmas mood.
Much of the menu consists of vacuum-filled, dehydrated food, which is prepared by adding water and heat to the room.
Waste of food can damage equipment on ISS so they must be careful.
They use a special equipment called the rummatic hydrator, which uses water as a byproduct from the space station fuel cells.
Astronauts can also enjoy spices like 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 flow into the air – and clog all the equipment.
But unfortunately for the cosmonauts there is no alcohol on board: alcohol for consumption is strictly prohibited unless it is specifically related to an attempt.
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This weekend's Christmas delivery included not only food.
Nasa and SpaceX also sent up 40 mice and 36,000 worms, which will be used for aging and muscle studies.
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