No long weekend this Fourth of July holiday for American astronauts on space station

While many Americans will celebrate the Fourth of July with a day off from work, astronauts at the International Space Station are spending their holiday preparing for a cargo ship’s return to Earth. 

As federal employees, U.S. astronauts typically have Sundays off. Because July 4 falls on a Sunday this year, the federal holiday is officially observed on Monday (July 5) instead. But with a SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter scheduled to depart the space station Tuesday (July 6), there’s not much time to lounge around. 

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