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Astronauts on the International Space Station Wish Earth a Happy New Year (VIDEO)

First Posted: Dec 31, 2014 01:41 PM EST
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The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) is preparing to ring in the new year. Now, NASA has released a pre-recorded New Year's greeting from space for everyone on Earth.

In this case, Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore of NASA and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoferetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) shared their plans for a New Year's Eve celebration that will include a fruit juice toast and some resolutions for the coming year. Interviewed in space on Dec. 30, the crew continued its day-to-day operations.

The crew actually spent most of the day conducting a variety of experiments, ranging from human life sciences to physics and Earth observations. They also performed routine maintenance on station systems.

More specifically, Cristoferetti set up hardware for eye exams using ocular coherence tomography, which records a detailed 3D image of the retina and interior of the eyes so that doctors can better understand why some astronauts return to Earth with long-term vision problems.

Want to see the astronauts for yourself? Check out the video below, courtesy of YouTube.

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