NASA astronaut Jessica Meir waves at the camera during a spacewalk with on Oct. 18. Credit: Courtesy of NASA

CARIBOU, Maine — NASA Astronaut and Caribou native Jessica Meir was joined by fellow astronauts Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan in wishing friends and family on Earth a happy Thanksgiving in a video posted to the International Space Station’s Instagram account on Nov. 25.

“To me, Thanksgiving is all about family,” Meir said, adding that she grew up in a family that had five kids.

“As a first-generation American,” she said, “I guess my parents had to learn to put on a great Thanksgiving feast. I have a lot of fond memories of growing up, eating with all of my siblings and having a great time. As I got older and lived in various places, Thanksgiving turned into an even broader extended family. I have adopted families all over the country.”

She concluded that this year she will be “thinking about everyone down on the ground celebrating together.”