'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Will Be Screened at the International Space Station

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 - 8:31PM
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 - 8:31PM
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Will Be Screened at the International Space Station
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Astronauts may not have Force powers or lightsabers, but they do have one thing in common with a Jedi - they go up into space much more often than we do. So it's unfortunate that any Star Wars fans up in space can't just drive over to the nearest theater when the new movie comes out.

But despite being holed up in a giant satellite orbiting the Earth, everyone aboard the International Space Station will get to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi alongside everybody else on the planet's surface. Disney and NASA are currently working out a deal to get the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster onto the ISS, although there's no set date as of yet.

 
Further confirmation of the ISS screening came from Mashable, who confirmed with NASA that a space station screening of The Last Jedi will indeed happen. NASA's public affairs officer Dan Huot gave them the following statement, reminding everyone that because the space station doesn't have a fancy movie theater, this'll likely be shown on a plain old computer or projector

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"They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard."
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This isn't the first time the ISS crew received an offer like this, although it's frequently with movies more directly about astronauts like Gravity or The Martian - and since movies have to be dramatic, these tend to involve very bad things happening to astronauts. So hopefully this time, they'll get to watch a new movie without being reminded of how easily they could get stranded in Earth's orbit or Mars, respectively. 

And it's very likely that while everyone is debating whether Rey will join the Dark Side based on the newest trailer, the same conversations are going on in space, because there's a large portion of scientists and astronauts who consider themselves Star Wars fans. So it's good to know that these same questions will also be answered up in space, which seems like the best place to watch a Star Wars movie anyway.

While a premiere date in orbit has yet to be established, for everyone grounded here on Earth, Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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