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Space station crew marks Thanksgiving in orbit

Space station crew members, from left, Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin preview their Thanksgiving spread.

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  • Smoked turkey, cornbread dressing and Russian potatoes for space Thanksgiving
  • The current station crew is made up of an American and two Russians
The crew of the International Space Station marked Thanksgiving with zero-gravity-friendly packets of smoked turkey, rehydrated cornbread dressing and a Russian side dish high above Earth.
U.S. astronaut Kevin Ford, the commander of the three-man Expedition 34 crew, showed off the menu in a NASA video. He said he and his Russian crew mates, Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy, would eat the traditional meal in orbit, adding a Russian mashed-potato-and-onion dish to the American holiday's traditional favorites and washing it down with a cranberry-peach drink.
Ford, Tarelkin and Novitskiy arrived at the station in late October for a five-month stint. The previous crew returned home Sunday night -- but not without leaving behind a jar of marshmallow cream for Ford's candied yams.
Three additional members are slated to join the Expedition 34 crew in late December.