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Joy to the World! Space Station Crew Offers Christmas Greetings to Earth

Astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts got into the Christmas spirit by sending holiday greetings from space to the rest of us here on Earth. From their perch aboard the International Space Station some 220 miles (250 kilometers) above Earth’s surface, Wilmore and Virts beamed down a Christmas video greeting to the world.

“This is definitely going to be a Christmas that we’ll remember, getting a chance to see the beautiful Earth, and I hope that for you also it will be a memorable Christmas this year,” Virts said in the video that NASA uploaded to YouTube. Wilmore has been aboard the space station since late September and will return to Earth in March. Virts arrived at the station in late November and will stay until mid-May.

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