The Christmas lunch arrives at the International Space Station – KABC-TV

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station have everything they need to celebrate the holidays after a Saturday delivery loaded with Christmas treats.

A SpaceX Dragon capsule, launched a few days before by Florida, delivered to the sky laboratory smoked turkey, green bean casserole, yam, blueberry sauce and fruit cake. There are also shortbread and butter cookies and glaze tubes for decoration.

Commander Alexander Gerst used the space station's large robotic arm to grab the aircraft carrier as the two boats climbed 250 miles above the Pacific on Saturday. It took two attempts to get the dragon close enough for the capture.

The rendezvous was delayed by about 90 minutes due to problems with the communication network serving the space station.

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The space station has hosted astronauts every Christmas since 2000; crew members are granted a break period to celebrate the holiday each year. Three of the current space station residents will be on board for Christmas; the other three will return to Earth on December 20th. Until then, the station is home to two Americans, two Russians, one Canadian and Gerst, which is German.

In addition to the holiday party and over 5,000 kilos of other station equipment, the Dragon delivered 40 mice and 36,000 worms for aging and muscle studies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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