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At what time did astronauts at International Space Station celebrate New Year?

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Filed on January 4, 2020 | Last updated on January 4, 2020 at 10.29 am
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(Picture retrieved from @Space_Station/Twitter)

There is no time zone to follow up there in space.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) rang in the New Year by wishing everyone on Earth a happy 2020 in a tweet they shared on the official ISS account. 

While people all over the world celebrated the New Year at midnight according to their time zone with friends and family, for astronauts aboard the ISS it is likely a drab affair. There is no time zone to follow up there in space as the ISS orbits multiple times around the Earth every single day.

ISS shared a photo of all the six astronauts aboard the ISS and wrote in a tweet: '3, 2, 1... #HappyNewYear! We're usually counting down to liftoff, but today, we're counting down to 2020. The space station operates in Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, meaning it will only be 7 pm ET when the orbiting astronauts' clock strikes midnight to ring in the new year!'

NASA wrote in its blog that six humans from three countries will ring in the new year 16 times tonight from an average altitude of about 260 miles above the Earth's surface. Before the Expedition 61 crew goes to bed tonight and relaxes on New Year's Day, they are researching critical space science to benefit humans on and off Earth.

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