Cosmonauts Vladimir N. Dezhurov (l.) and Mikhail Tyurin, both Expedition 3 flight engineers representing Rosaviakosmos, eat a Thanksgiving meal in the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station in 2001. NASA
Astronaut William S. McArthur Jr. (r.), Expedition 13 commander and NASA space station science officer, and cosmonaut Valery I. Tokarev, flight engineer representing Russia's Federal Space Agency, pose for a holiday photo in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station in 2005. McArthur and Tokarev are holding Christmas stockings and wearing Santa Claus hats. A small Christmas tree and Santa Claus figurine sit on the gallery table in the foreground. NASA
Commander Bill McArthur holds a pack of smoked turkey, during Thanksgiving dinner aboard the International Space Station in 2005. NASA TV
This 'Christmas tree' was created by the three crewmen of the third manned Skylab mission aboard the space station in Earth orbit. Food cans were used to fashion the tree. This photograph was made from a television transmission made from a video tape recording on December 24, 1973. NASA
Cosmonaut Alexander Y. Kaleri, Expedition 8 flight engineer representing Rosaviakosmos, is pictured in the Destiny laboratory on the International Space Station in 2003. Holiday decorations are visible in the background NASA
Astronaut Leroy Chiao, Expedition 10 commander and NASA ISS science officer, poses with holiday decorations in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station in 2004. NASA
Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Mayflower Pilgrims landed, is located on the west side of Cape Cod Bay, shown in this MISR vertical-viewing (nadir) camera image. Thanksgiving commemorates the harvest festival celebrated by the Plymouth colonists and the Native Americans who helped them survive the devastating winter of 1620. NASA/GSFC/JPL, MISR Team
A Fourth of July celebration and a reunion involving retired Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., (2nd r. foreground) and various JSC flight directors occurred in the mission operations control room of JSC at the completion of the STS-4 mission in 1982. NASA
Commander Bill McArthur (l.) and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev share a traditional Thanksgiving meal in orbit in 2005. NASA TV
While donning his launch and entry suit, STS-98 Mission Specialist Thomas Jones holds a reminder that the crew will be in space on Valentine's Day during the 11-day mission in 2001. NASA
Just two years ago Lesotho was referred to as a democratic success story in Africa. But its attempted coup presents a test for the Southern African Development Community, committed to peace in the region.
ByMichael J. Jordan, Correspondent
Two years ago, this tiny nation high in the mountains of southern Africa earned acclaim for passing the latest test of African democracy: It pulled off the region’s first peaceful handover of power. Lesotho then went one step further, forming what some call the first and only coalition government in all of Africa.