As usual, Christmas is also celebrated in space. In a special year, members of the International Space Station (ISS) also left a message a little different from all others, highlighting the resilience of humanity in a particularly difficult 2020.
The video shows NASA Expedition 64 astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, Kate Rubins and Soichi Noguchi, from the Japanese Space Agency.
Watch the 2020 Christmas message video
Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi arrived at the ISS in November, “aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon that we call Resilience”, explains Mike Hopkins. In the middle of a pandemic, the truth is that Elon Musk’s company and NASA managed to make history, with Crew Dragon’s first official manned mission.
Recognizing the impact of COVID-19, the American astronaut explained the reason for the defined name. “We chose this name in honor of people from all over the world and the team that helped make our mission possible during a year that changed all of our lives”, he says, not forgetting also those who left in 2020.
Among the various messages, Victor Glover also highlighted something that can truly be celebrated this year at Christmas: “the resilience of the human spirit”.
At the end of the message, the astronauts “leave the scene” and reveal what has not been missing in space: the typical Christmas stockings. However, the differences from last year’s Christmas message are striking, in a year when the Christmas spirit turned out to be much more evident.