Breaking records all over the world, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an undeniable tour-de-force. The latest entry in the expansive saga landed as a major critical and populist success, pleasing many old school fans and neophytes alike. While the film does leave some questions in its wake, one of the saddest ones is likely: what if you’re a Star Wars fan stranded a long way from a theater?
Many of today’s astronauts were likely inspired by the 1977 franchise and its legacy. For three astronauts headed to the International Space Station just two days before the release of Episode 7, leaving Earth’s blue shroud must have been a little bittersweet. Fortunately for the space jockeys blasting off on the Soyuz rocket, The Force Awakens awaits them in the stars.
When asked about their macrocosmic dilemma, British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted (via Comic Book) that the International Space Station is prepared for this contingency. His first trip into space won’t require a web filter to block out Star Wars spoilers. Apparently, there’s a projector already in orbit, cued up to Episode VII.
Part of Expedition 46, the astronauts will be working on a variety of experiments to improve life here on earth and which could take our love of space adventures like Star Wars and make them an actual reality. The trip marks not only Peake’s first trip into space, but the first British presence about the International Space Station. He’ll also be joined by four-time Russian orbiter Yuri Malenchencko and American space-veteran Tim Kopra.
— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) December 12, 2015
Watching Star Wars in space would be the ultimate way to see the film. Floating above the Earth, with the stars outside merging with the stars in the film, the astronauts will get a fully immersive viewing experience. IMAX has nothing on that. If the film really hits home, the rocketeers could even, theoretically, take a celebratory space walk and reenact their favorite spacey moments in limited gravity.
However, if inhabitants of the International Space Station aren’t terribly impressed with the movie, all they’d have to do is pop on a helmet and gripe to their hearts content. After all, in space, no one can hear you scream. Of course, they can hear you tweet. So it’s a good thing they decided not to release any spoilers from in orbit.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.