American astronauts on the Intercontinental Area Station are celebrating Independence Working day from place.
In a video introduced July 2, two days in advance of the Fourth of July — the Independence Working day getaway in the United States — NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley commemorated the getaway from place.
Cassidy, commander of the area station’s recent Expedition 63 mission, commenced by introducing the 3 astronauts and sharing that the crew is “using a minute out of our program to honor the 244th birthday of the United States of The united states, and we hope that you are accomplishing the identical.”
In images: The Expedition 63 mission to the Intercontinental Area Station
He passed the microphone to Hurley, who shared that “even nevertheless we are living during unprecedented tough situations, the spirit and resolute will of our country and all Us citizens has hardly ever been stronger as we give thanks for the independence and the bounty of riches our nation provides all of us.”
Behnken held an American flag in the course of the online video.
“This American flag,” Behnken explained, “was released on the extremely to start with space shuttle mission in 1981 and reflown on the last space shuttle mission 9 years back.”
Behnken additional that Hurley and he will carry the flag, nicknamed “Old Glory,” “home with us on our SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour so it can be flown nevertheless all over again when Individuals launch on [the] Orion spacecraft to place American boots on the moon.” NASA’s Orion spacecraft will have astronauts to the moon as aspect of the agency’s Artemis program.
Cassidy concluded the patriotic tribute, saying that “our flag is not only symbolic of our fervent like of our state but signifies the spirit of American travel and exploration that will guide us after once again, a new generation of explorers to undertaking back to the moon and past in the years to arrive. So just take a moment, as we are, to replicate on our heritage, America’s put in the earth and all that flexibility has to give. Thank you from all of us on the Intercontinental Room Station.”
The 3 astronauts ended the video by waving to the audience. If you glance carefully, although, the 3 astronauts were being not alone in the video clip, as floating around Cassidy’s head was Tremor, the apatosaurus that flew to the station aboard Endeavour with Behnken and Hurley as component of SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission, and Earthy, which flew aboard Crew Dragon to the place station as part of SpaceX’s uncrewed Demo-1 mission in 2019.
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