11/26/2014 02:22 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2014

Astronaut Thankful For Friends, Freedom, And Chance To Hang Upside Down Like A Bat

Butch Wilmore has a lot to be thankful for.

In a Thanksgiving video message from the International Space Station, the Murfreesboro, Tenn.-born astronaut expresses gratitude for everything from friends and family to freedom and food.

Wilmore gives thanks for the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dreams too--like hanging upside down like a bat in zero-gravity, which he demonstrates in the video at 3:45. Just check it out above.

He also takes a moment to show off the space station's Thanksgiving dinner menu, which includes all the traditional holiday fare (with a few tweaks): irradiated smoked turkey, thermostabilized candied yams, and freeze-dried cornbread dressing. Yum...

As for breakfast?

"You don't get no better than grits and butter," Wilmore says in the video. "I can't get enough of that up here, it's good stuff."

Bon appétit.



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