Merry Christmas!

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Santa in Space 2021

Even Santa’s facing supply chain challenges: shipping clutter, Earth port congestion, unloading delays, sleigh-reindeer shortages 😉


  1. Due to priority delivery, Christmas celebration on the ISS will be ready with gifts and all the fixings.

    • > “SpaceX Dragon cargo ship delivers Christmas presents (and supplies) to space station” by Amy Thompson (December 23, 2021) – A turkey dinner and presents arrived in time for the holidays.

    A SpaceX Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station early Wednesday (Dec. 22), carrying with it a holiday haul of science gear and Christmas treats for the astronauts living on the orbital outpost.

    It delivered 6,500 pounds (2,949 kilograms) of research experiments and supplies for the crew. With Christmas just days away, NASA did pack a special dinner for the seven astronauts on the space station.

    The research gear tucked inside will support a variety of experiments in the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and many other fields.

    • Space laundry with Tide (6 months)
    • Perfecting (protein) crystal growth (Merck Research Labs)
    • STEM in space (how microgravity affects bacteria-resistant polymers and antibiotic resistance in microgravity)
    • 3D-printing a (polycrystalline) superalloy in space (Turbine Superalloy Casting Module developed by Redwire Space)
  2. News re Expedition 66 to the ISS. Including new experiments and holiday treats. This article includes a slideshow and photostream, inside and outside of station. Particularly photos from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during its departure and fly around on November 8, 2021. (Click on photo at start of article.)

    • NASA > Blogs > Spacestation > “Crew Unpacks Cargo Dragon and Sets up New Space Research” (December 22, 2021) – The SpaceX Cargo Dragon arrived just in time to deliver holiday treats, crew supplies and new science experiments to the Expedition 66 crew today.

    ISS spacewalk – Earth far below my feet

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