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Astronauts celebrate Labor Day 2019 in space



American astronauts at the International Space Station begin this week with a day off today (September 2) to mark the Day of US Labor Day on Earth.

NASA astronauts Nick Hague, Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan have a little extra time to call friends and loved ones or just sit back and stare at the Earth through the window. They can just spend time watching the huge Hurricane Dorian from space as one of their crewmates.

"Happy Labor Day from our astronauts celebrating 250 miles above us at the International Space Station, where they perform important scientific experiments that help improve the life of Earth and pave the way for our Artemis missions to and beyond the moon. , "NASA wrote in a Twitter message today . NASA's Artemis Program aims to bring astronauts back to the moon by 2024.

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The Hague, Koch, and Morgan make up half of the current crew of the 60 people on the space station. The team is completed by Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin (station commander), astronaut Alexander Skvortsov and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano. It was Parmitano who took daily photographs of Hurricane Dorian from the space station.

The Hague, Koch and Ovchinin launched to the station in March this year. While The Hague and Ovchinin return to Earth in October, Koch is just over halfway through a nearly one-year mission to the space station, the first of its kind for a female astronaut. It will return to Earth in February 2020, NASA officials said.

Morgan, Skvortsov and Parmitano departed at the station on 20 July. They will return to Earth in December this year.

Email Tariq Malik at tmalik@space.com or follow @tariqjmalik . Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook .


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