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article imageNASA issues stunning photographs of Christmas in space

By Tim Sandle     Dec 25, 2016 in Science
Houston - The astronauts on the International Space Station are celebrating Christmas Day in the same way as many people on Earth will celebrate the holiday. To add a special touch, NASA have issued some stunning December 25 pictures.
According to the website space.com, the astronauts on-board the space station are spending Christmas Day weightlessly floating around inside the station, with the station whizzing around the Earth at 17,500 miles-per-hours (28,000 kilometers-per-hour). The first Christmas in space, for people from Earth, occurred on December 21, 1968, when astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a Saturn V rocket.
For the current team of astronauts, the festivities include opening gifts, which were delivered earlier this month by a Japanese cargo supply ship. After a work session, the astronauts will enjoy some festive-themed ready-meals. In addition, astronauts on-board the space station do not not normally work on Sundays and, as a bonus, they've been given Monday (December 26) off as well by NASA.
To mark the day, NASA have released images of life on-board the station:
Holidays in Space: An Astronaut Photo Album  December 2016.
Holidays in Space: An Astronaut Photo Album, December 2016.
NASA
And some spectacular deep-space images of what the cosmos looks like on Christmas Day:
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA
According to The Daily Mirror, which has reproduced some of the images. "although there are no seasons in space, this cosmic vista invokes thoughts of a frosty winter landscape."
The picture below shows the dwarf planet Pluto (a false-color image):
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA image show Christmas in outer space.
NASA
To make the colorful video, NASA combined photos by the Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA).
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