Season’s Greetings from space!

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Click the above image to watch retired Coast Guard Capt. Daniel Burbank's holiday greeting from space on YouTube. Video screenshot courtesy of NASA.

As many of us rush to send out our last-minute holiday greeting cards on time, one former Coast Guardsman has a special holiday greeting he is sending from a very unique location – space.

Retired Coast Guard Capt. Daniel Burbank, commander of Expedition 30 and the Coast Guard’s second astronaut, is currently aboard the International Space Station, and on behalf of the crew sent out a video message.

“We wish everyone on planet Earth a happy, safe and mostly, peaceful holiday season,” said Burbank.

Living aboard the space station for about a month now, Burbank and his crew get a 360-degree view of the planet; a planet he describes as “unimaginably beautiful.” But as the space station crew admires Earth’s beauty from a distance, that same space between them separates them from loved ones.

Pictured on the front row are NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, commander; and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, flight engineer. Pictured from the left (back row) are Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin; along with European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers and NASA astronaut Don Pettit, all flight engineers. Photo credit: NASA and International Space Station partners.
Pictured in the front row are NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, commander; and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, flight engineer. Pictured from the left (back row) are Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin; along with European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers and NASA astronaut Don Pettit, all flight engineers. Photo credit: NASA and International Space Station partners.

“Holidays spent away from family and friends – especially when you are thousands of miles away, and in our case hundreds of miles above the surface of the planet – can be a little tough sometimes,” said Burbank in his holiday message. “But we know that in our case, in a very real sense, we’re not far from those who care about us. For one thing, we have hundreds of people worldwide in control centers watching over us and our space station 24/7. And we also know that our families and friends are thinking about us and supporting us every step of the way.”

You can show your support for Burbank and his crew by sending your own holiday greeting to the International Space Station. There are many weeks ahead for Expedition 30, so stay tuned to Compass as we bring you more updates from space!

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