Astronaut Celebrates Hanukkah from Space

December 14, 2023
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Happy Hanukkah from the @Space_Station!! Real candles not allowed!

NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli on a video she captured from the International Space Station, where she commemorated Hanukkah with a felt menorah she made with her family back home and a dreidel.

Why It Matters: Hanukkah, also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, began at sundown on Thursday, December 7 and concludes at sundown on Friday, December 15. One of the honored traditions during Hanukkah is the game of dreidel, which involves spinning a four-sided top as featured in Moghbeli’s video. While the game typically depends on the dreidel falling on its various sides, Moghbeli’s dreidel could technically spin forever – or until a greater force acts upon it – due to the weak gravity in space.

Read More:

When is Hanukkah in 2023? A look at the history and why the holiday is celebrated. (USA Today)

NASA astronaut spins the dreidel for Hanukkah aboard International Space Station (Space.com)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas

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