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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station wish Earth a warm, zero-gravity holiday greeting. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Astronauts send holiday greetings


STORY: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station Expedition 46 wished everyone down below on planet earth a happy holiday season on Tuesday (December 22).

“We have a message for all of you for the holidays,” said NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, before passing the microphone onto one of the newest members on the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Tim Kopra.

“We’d like to say what a privilege it is to serve on this International Space Station, and how grateful we are to the teams on the ground that support our flying here, as well as all the science that’s on board this laboratory,” said Kopra.

Briton Tim Peake, who like Kopra arrived to the ISS days before, added his warm wishes.

“Christmas is traditionally a time for friends and families to get together, and although we can’t be with our friends and families, we’ll be orbiting the earth sixteen times on Christmas day, and sending all our good wishes to everybody back down on beautiful planet earth,” Peake said.

Peake, 43, a former army major who is on a six-month mission for the European Space Agency (ESA), became the first astronaut representing the British government and wearing a Union Jack flag on his arm. The first Briton in space was Helen Sharman, who traveled on a Soviet spacecraft for eight days in 1991.

Station commander Scott Kelly finished off the holiday greeting with a short and sweet “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from the International Space Station.”

All three then rolled into a somersault, giving those on the ground on Planet Earth a glimpse of what it’s like to spend the holidays in zero-gravity space.

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