Expedition 64 Crew Set to Receive Special Holiday Delivery Among CRS-21 Payload

The upgraded version of SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft is seen before it rolls out to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The upgraded version of SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft, Dragon 2, is seen atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 2, 2020, as they prepare to be rolled out to Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the company’s 21st Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-21) launch. Photo credit: SpaceX

The Expedition 64 crew aboard the International Space Station will be spending the holiday season a little differently this year. Teams here on Earth are hoping a special delivery arriving on SpaceX’s 21st Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-21) mission will help bring the crew some holiday cheer.

We asked the public, “What would you want supplied if you were spending the holidays in space?” As of Thursday, Dec. 3, more than 550 ideas have been submitted by virtual guests. More than 80% of those submissions mentioned some type of food or drink – from the generic “just give me chocolate, lots of chocolate,” to the more specific, “my Tia Dora’s menudo.”

It turns out, that “food and drink” theme is pretty accurate. Teams with the food lab at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston have packed the following items for the crew to enjoy:

Fresh Food Kit
Apples (Gala) 
Oranges (Navel and Blood)  
Mandarin Oranges 

Holiday Bulk Overwrap Bags (BOB)
Cherry Blueberry Cobbler 
Cornbread Dressing 
Cranapple Dessert 
Jellied Cranberry Sauce 
Macaroni and Cheese 
Potatoes Au Gratin 
Roasted Turkey 
Shortbread Cookies 
Southwestern Corn 
Sparkle Gel 
Spicy Green Beans 
French Vanilla Cappuccino 
Wheat Flat Bread

Other Food BOBs
12 standard menu containers 
29 crew-specific menu and coffee tea preference containers 
Six food physiology containers

Also bound for the orbiting laboratory are vehicle hardware, supplies, and critical materials that will support a variety of science and research investigations scheduled to take place in a microgravity environment. Learn more about the CRS-21 mission and the payloads on board at: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/spacex_crs-21_mision_overview_high_res_0.pdf

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