— Jessica Meir (@Astro_Jessica) December 23, 2019
As Hanukkah began at sundown on Sunday, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir sent a photographic greeting to earth via Twitter. She’s been aboard the ISS since September, and had planned ahead well enough to take a pair of festive socks for the occasion. That may be the extent of her celebration, considering the restrictions of space.
But lighting fires in outer space can be especially challenging, considering that flames can react to the absence of gravity in an uncontrolled manner.
Perhaps for this reason, for her messageMeir opted for a picture of her feet wrapped in a pair of entertaining socks featuring pink menorahs and green stars of David on a blue background. And she did follow the tradition of placing the menorah close to the window, since behind her feet, the earth is visible thousands of kilometers away.
In case you are wondering what a lit candle looks like in space, you can see that. Also, since there are around eight “sundowns” per day on the space station, Meir began the holiday using her home coordinates. Meanwhile, a Twitter user in Jerusalem is wearing astronaut socks.
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Happy Hanukkah from Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/zSLmwzZTPg
— Yiftah Curiel (@yiftahc) December 23, 2019