Watch Santa Drop by the International Space Station
Santa Claus made an unprecedented stop on the International Space Station to begin his global gift giving.
Presumably he donned the space station’s recently delivered Bishop Airlock (it’s quite large and can therefore accommodate Santa’s belly). Santa Claus appeared in the surrounding outpost to deliver some presents for the current seven-man crew.
A video (below) posted to NASA’s official Twitter account on Christmas Eve shows Santa Claus and his reindeer approaching the station 250 miles above earth.
“NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense Command] Satellites saw Santa Claus on a real way directly to the ISS and to the astronauts who live and work on board, ”says the narrator of the video.
Are you waiting for a visit from Santa’s sleigh? Our @NASA_Astronauts do the same thing! This year @NORADSanta is making a special stop at the international @Space_Station to deliver gifts.
Follow where he’s going: https://t.co/TAfztY2fO7 pic.twitter.com/H0RHyTb7fC
– NASA (@NASA) December 24, 2020
After visiting the train station, Santa Claus set out to complete the main task of putting down chimneys and eating lots of cookies (oh, and also delivering gifts). You can track his progress throughout the evening using a Santa tracker provided by Google or NORAD.
Santa’s visit to the ISS came shortly after Expedition 64 crew members Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, Kate Rubins and Soichi Noguchi had said a few words about what it’s like to spend the holiday season in space.
NASA and its international partners recently celebrated 20 years of uninterrupted human habitation on board the station. To date, more than 240 people from 18 countries have visited the space-based laboratory, and NASA celebrated its 300th space walk with American astronauts in July. These videos, made by various astronauts over the years, offer fascinating insights into the work, calm and play of crew members on board the station.
The 357 foot long space-based laboratory orbits the earth every 90 minutes and moves at a speed of 5 miles per second. When it goes overhead, the sun’s reflection on the station’s solar panels makes it easily visible from Earth. Interested in seeing it? In an article from Digital Trends, learn how to see the International Space Station from your backyard without the need for a telescope!