Astronauts Will Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Space

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 - 1:44PM
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 - 1:44PM
Astronauts Will Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Space
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station may have the opportunity of a lifetime to go to space, but unfortunately, they're also missing the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend. Luckily, the ISS will have copies ready for them, so they can watch in orbit with the rest of us.

British astronaut Tim Peake, who just successfully reached the ISS yesterday, revealed on Twitter that the astronauts will be having a space opera movie night:



Space Station Commander Scott Kelly, who is currently part of the Year in Space experiment, expressed his excitement as well:



Mousetronaut is a children's book by Kelly's brother, Mark, a former astronaut who is the control group in the Year in Space study, which follows a mouse who desperately wants to go to space. The book is "based on a true story," as Kelly traveled with mice being used for experiments during his first spaceflight on the Endeavor in 2001.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't the first movie night the astronauts have had recently; back in September they watched The Martian, which was one of the most scientifically accurate movies about space in recent memory (and probably a lot more reflective of their experiences than Star Wars):



They also watched Gravity in microgravity back in April:



Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out on Earth and in space on Friday, December 18.

Via CBS News.
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