Santa’s Helpers arrive at ISS bearing Christmas Gifts

Article written: 24 Dec , 2009
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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In a stunning surprise, Santa’s helpers and elves floated into the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday (Dec. 22) bearing a Christmas tree, massive (but weightless) sacks of presents and boundless cheer. They had departed Earth from frigid Baikonur on Dec 20. The supposed cosmonauts and astronauts had apparently been magically transformed just moments before docking at the ISS. Without notice they were summarily pressed into Santa’s elite “Good Will” corps for special duty to bring holiday cheer and good tidings to all, especially all of Earth’s Children !
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After opening the hatches between their Soyuz TMA 17 capsule and the ISS, the newly christened helpers popped into view led by a smiling Oleg Kotov. He proudly hoisted the precious Christmas Tree ahead, topped by a dangling Santa. Although Santa was clearly honored to be first aboard, he didn’t quite know which way was up and was briefly heard to be asking about the safety briefing on climbing down the newly installed Space Chimney on last week’s daring and first of its kind Spacewalk.

Expedition 22 crew of 5 Elite Santa helpers and elves wearing festive holiday hats inside the Zvezda Service Module adorned with Christmas tree. Credit: Santa

Expedition 22 crew of 5 Elite Santa helpers and elves wearing festive holiday hats inside the Zvezda Service Module adorned with Christmas tree. Credit: Santa

Soichi Noguchi lugging massive sacks of Christmas presents through hatch into ISS, with no prior training !  Credit: Santa

Soichi Noguchi lugging massive sacks of Christmas presents through hatch into ISS, with no prior training ! Credit: Santa

Soichi Noguchi was next to float through, carefully navigating forwards with a giant white sack of presents slung over his shoulder so as not to damage the station walls. No black coal evident here ! Bringing up the rear was the lone Elf, Tim Creamer, sporting genuine pointy elf ears and elegant elven crafted shoes.

Two more of Santa’s helpers, Jeff Willams and Maxim Sureav, were already aboard the ISS and busy hanging Christmas stockings and decorations for the new arrivals.

After cobbling together the last presents for Santa’s world wide journey, the crew will bid Santa Adieu for the inaugural Chimney ride back to Earth. Good Luck Santa ! It’s a long but thrilling way down.

On Christmas Day the Expedition 22 crew will relax before beginning the busy final assembly of the ISS.

Meanwhile another special Santa squad is burning the midnight oil to finish last minute requests from the very best children and keeping Space Shuttle Endeavour toasty warm at the toy workshop inside her big house (Vehicle Assembly Building) at the Kennedy Space Center.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s to All !

Peace be with you

Santa’s Soyuz Express TMA-17 capsule arrives with helpers and gifts after sledding 2 days through the heavens.  Rudolf not visible here. Credit: NASA

Santa’s Soyuz Express TMA-17 capsule arrives with helpers and gifts after sledding 2 days through the heavens. Rudolf not visible here. Credit: NASA


2 Responses

  1. Dave Finton says

    Over here in Minnesota we got ourselves a nice fresh dumping of snow from our Santa’s little helpers. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  2. lomitus says

    I would think that leaving the tree up for too long on the ISS wouldn’t really be “practical” so I have to wonder…in a few days or a week or so when it comes time to take the tree down, what exactly do they do with it? What…do they just shove it out an air lock to become yet another piece of “space junk”? Imagine those headlines; “Space Shuttle damaged by wayward Xmas tree!”. Or should we all be looking towards the sky in a few days for a small “shooting star” as the Xmas tree burns up during re-entry? LOL!!!

    Sorry…I just had too 🙂

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