Astronauts celebrated July 4 at the ISS

Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley celebrated July 4 in space. Cassidy, the commander of the current mission of Expedition 63 space station, noted that the crew “seizes the moment to break the schedule in honor of the 244th birthday of the United States of America.”

“Although we live in unprecedented difficult times, the spirit and decisive will of our country and all Americans have never been stronger, and we express gratitude for the freedom and wealth of our nation for everyone,” said Dag Hurley in the video dedicated to the holiday.

Benken was holding the American flag on record. “This flag was launched during the very first space shuttle mission in 1981 and was brought back again during the last space shuttle mission 9 years ago,” he said. Benken and Hurley will deliver the flag, nicknamed “Old Glory” home aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon, and it will again be launched into space during the next lunar mission.