You have to agree that being a NASA astronaut comes with some ‘out of this world’ perks!
— Peggy Whitson (@AstroPeggy) July 4, 2017
NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will be celebrating the national holiday on the orbiting outpost, although they will not take the day off due to some scheduled science operations, a NASA representative told Space.com via email. In lieu of a July Fourth vacation, the crew members took yesterday (July 3) off, the representative said — right after they released a Dragon cargo spacecraft from the station early that morning.
There are also no barbecue grills or fireworks in space (because there can be no open flames), but Whitson and Fischer did bring along some patriotic clothing to wear today, the representative said. The duo showed off their holiday ensembles in a video tweeted from the space station. – Space.com
Featured image of astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer celebrating 2017’s Fourth of July in space on the International Space Station with a stars-and-stripes photoshoot by NASA