Labor Day 2021 in space: Astronauts take a half-day off from science duties

Space station astronauts have fun with many pints of ice cream that recently arrived on a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft. (Image credit: Thomas Pesquet / ESA / NASA / Flickr)

NASA astronauts at the International Space Station will only enjoy a half-day off from work on Labor Day today (Sept. 5).

While most federal workers across the U.S. are enjoying the national holiday off, the three NASA astronauts at the orbiting laboratory — Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur — have a few science tasks on their schedules, Dan Huot, a NASA spokesperson with the Johnson Space Center in Houston, told