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New Year's Eve in Orbit

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New Year's Eve in Orbit

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New Year's Eve in Orbit

Space Station Crew Celebrates the Holiday Three Times

New Year's Eve in Orbit

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Cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri and astronaut Mike Foale aboard the International Space Station Courtesy of NASA hide caption

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Astronaut Mike Foale and cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri have been living aboard the International Space Station since October. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the men about their mission and experiences in orbit.

Foale and Kaleri also answer several questions Simon received from fourth graders at a Washington, D.C. elementary school. They note that although they officially stick to Greenwich Mean Time abord the Space Station, they'll also raise a glass during celebrations in Moscow three hours earlier and in Houston six hours later.