NASA Sends Out of This World New Year’s Greeting in Times Square

NASA astronauts brought in 2014 by sending greetings from space and from Earth to the crowd gathered in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve with an unique New Year’s greeting from astronauts currently on board the space station: Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins, and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in collaboration with NASA.

Nasa Earth view 2014 1st Jan

The New Year’s countdown was shown from 6 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. EST on the Toshiba Vision screen atop One Times Square, right below the New Year countdown ball. 

Mastracchio, Hopkins and Wakata are part of a six-member crew currently on the orbiting laboratory, along with Oleg Kotov, Mikhail Tyurin and Sergey Ryazanski of the Russian Federal Space Agency. Several NASA events have been broadcast in Times Square, including the Curiosity rover landing on Mars, which drew thousands of viewers, and the launches of two other spacecraft.