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How many times will the ISS crew celebrate New Year?

Working at the International Space Station isnot only intense duty, experiments and full of dangers spacewalks. The station’s crew is allowed to celebrate various holidays in accordance with culture and preferences. At the same time, New Year is one of the most interesting in this regard, because unlike us, who are in the same time zone, astronauts are in constant motion around the Earth. So, flying in orbit, they can mark the coming of the next year so many times.

It is worth noting that the Soviet astronauts Georgy Grechko and Yuri Romanenko were the first to meet New Year in orbit in 1978, aboard the Salyut station.

A few days ago on the official channelRoscosmos on Youtube posted New Year's greetings from Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko. The full version of the video greetings is available at the end of the article. Oleg said that this time the crew of the International Space Station will meet the upcoming 2019 15 times. In general, depending on the station’s position, the new year at it may come 16 times. Oleg Kononenko recalled that 2018 was an anniversary year for the ISS, since its construction began 20 years ago in 1998. The astronaut also conveyed his wishes and thanks.

“Thanks to talent and professionalismDesigners, engineers and astronauts from different countries in our space house have already completed 58 major international expeditions, the crews of which have become one large orbital family. I am happy to be a member of this family and congratulate all my colleagues on the anniversary. Let's take care of this world, everything that is in it, and enjoy every minute of it, because dreams come true, Happy New Year! ”- quotes RIA-Novosti astronaut.

Interesting is that, as reportedearlier, this time tangerines were delivered to the ISS. Citrus fruits that no New Year can do without aroma. According to Alexander Agureev, Head of the Nutrition Department at the Institute of Biomedical Problems, (IBMP),

“4 kilograms of apples were delivered to the station, 3kilograms of tangerines and 3 kilograms of grapefruit. The crew also asked to bring 10 cans of caviar. In this case, oranges are usually delivered to the ISS, since tangerines do not reach in very good condition. However, in honor of the celebration of the New Year, it was decided to make an exception. ”

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