Astronaut Peggy Whitson celebrating Christmas aboard the International Space Station in 2015. Whitson shared a beautiful sentiment about the experience of celebrating from space. "I think being on board the ISS gives us a slightly different perspective of Christmas…. besides funny hats there is another very important aspect of being on [the] ISS, and that’s seeing the planet as a whole, and it actually reinforces, I think, that the fact that we should live as one people and strive for peace." (Photo credit: NASA)

NM Museum of Space History to Host ‘Holidays in Space – Rockin’ with Santa’

The New Mexico Museum of Space History says that the holidays aren’t over yet.  As celebrations with family and friends here on Earth are in full swing, it might be nice to think about what our astronauts are doing and how they celebrate.

Who made a Christmas tree out of cans? Who dressed up like an elf? And who actually saw Santa himself flying by? Join Curator Sue Taylor and Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry on Saturday, December 30, 2017 as they regale you, not with carols, but with stories about the astronaut’s holidays in Holidays in Space: Rockin’ with Santa.

This free Warehouse 1402 Behind the Scenes Tour will take place on the first floor of the museum at 9:00 AM.

Christmas 1997, aboard the Mir Space Station. Crewmembers Pavel Vinogradov, David Wolf and Anatoly Solovyev pose with Santa in his Orlan space suit. (Photo credit: NASA)

Artifacts from the collection not on display will be shared from the various missions and International Space Station Expeditions that will be discussed.

Although we tend to think of our astronauts as being far away, they are still in our thoughts as we experience space vicariously through them.

What would it be like to spend the holidays in outer space? Does fruitcake taste the same? How about eggnog? Take the journey and find out.

The Warehouse 1402 Behind the Scenes tour will be Saturday, December 30, on the first floor of the museum at 9:00 am.

Free coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit the website or ‘like’ their Facebook Page.