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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween In Space

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Sunita Williams tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on Oct. 15, 2012. "On unloading #Dragon, we found a very thoughful and timely gift from our friends @SpaceX - fall apples!" (Sunita Williams/Twitter)Sunita Williams tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on Oct. 19, 2012. "Doesn't get any better than this: fall apples & ice-cream rewards! Saving some for crew mates coming up next week." (Sunita Williams/Twitter)Sunita Williams tweeted this photo of Hurricane Sandy from the International Space Station on Tuesday. "Hope everyone is doing ok with the storm. Saw #Sandy on our flight path yesterday. From our vantage point." (Sunita Williams/Twitter)Sunita Williams tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on Oct. 19, 2012. "What's Aki doing in his Gladiator costume already? Template for repeatability in ultrasound scans of our muscles." (Sunita Williams/Twitter)Sunita Williams tweeted this photo on Oct. 15, 2012, " Everyone (all 3 of us) aboard had to come take a look!" (Sunita Williams/Twitter)Sunita Williams tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on Oct. 23, 2012, asking if people could guess what landmass it shows. (Sunita Williams/Twitter)Sunita Williams tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on Oct. 15, 2012. "Got to try my hands on the sticks of the robotic arm and berthed it to the mating mechanism on ISS." (Sunita Williams/Twitter)

Superstorm Sandy is changing a lot of Halloween plans – the least of the concerns of people in the hardest hit areas.

But what if you’re out of town and going to miss Halloween? Like way out of town. Say, up on the International Space Station.

An unmanned Russian capsule arrived today to deliver some Halloween treats for three veteran crew members who’ve been in space since July, and another three who arrived last week.

The new astronauts also brought along 32 Medaka fish which are being used to test how weightlessness affects bone density and muscle mass, so scientists can find better medications for astronauts – and Earthlings – suffering from osteoporosis.

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