MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. The International Space Station (ISS) crew will be able to celebrate the New Year for 15 times in a row, the Russian mission control center told TASS on Tuesday.
"The new year will come 15 times on the ISS," official said.
For the first time the crew will celebrate the New Year flying over New Zealand. The ISS crew lives on Greenwich Mean Time, so the station will be above the Pacific Ocean when the New Year comes to Greenwich.
The New Year in Moscow, where the mission control center is located, will come when the crew will be between the South America and Africa. The astronauts will be flying over the Pacific when the NASA control center in Houston will meet 2016.
The 15th celebration may take place to the south-east of New Zealand.
The ISS crew includes Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Korniyenko, Sergey Volkov and Yuri Malenchenko, NASA astronauts Timothy Kopra and Scott Kelly, and European Space Agency’s Timothy Peake.